It was a gathering of captains of industry on Tuesday as the former Managing Director of Access Bank PLC, Aigbovbioise AIG-Imoukhuede, held a service of songs for his late mother, Mrs Emily Aig-Imoukhuede at their Sabongida Ora country home, Owan West Local Government Area of Edo State.
The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Comrade Philip Shaibu, led other dignitaries such as the former Chief of Staff to President Goodluck Jonathan, Mike Oghiadomhe, Edo State deputy chief of staff, Jimoh Ijegbai, Chief (Dr.) Richard Oma Ahonaruogho, SAN, past President, University of Benin Alumni Association and Hon Bandele Babalola, former Chairman, Akure North Local Government Area, Ondo State, to grace the occasion.
The officiating priest at the occasion, Rt. Reverend Augustine EhigiemetorOhilebo of the Cathedral of St. John, Sabongida-Ora , Anglican Communion, admonished the children of the deceased, who was also a pastor, to emulate their late mother’s good deeds while on earth.
In his sermon titled, “Let not your heart be in troubled” taken from the book of John 14:1-3, Rt Rev. Ehigiemetor said that the late Mrs Aig-Imoukhuede did not die, but that “she is in heaven with the Lord”.
The Anglican clergy likened the late Pastor Mrs Aig-Imoukhuede to the Biblical Dorcas, who contributed meaningfully to the survival of the widows in her time and therefore urged the children to use whatever positions they occupy to alleviate the plights of the poor in the society.
Rt. Rev. Ehigiemetor stressed that those who should have their minds troubled are those who don’t live right and know God.
Speaking at the reception held in honour of the deceased at the Holy Trinity Grammar School, Sabongida-Ora, the Acting Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, also urged the children of the late Pastor Mrs AIG-Imoukhuede to emulate her virtues and sustain her legacies for the betterment of the society.
Shaibu attributed the success of the late pastor’s children to the moral discipline she instilled in them, adding that to continue with her legacies, they would have to completely reject those things she hated while alive.
“When she was alive, she lived a good life, those virtues that Emily had, those virtues that she taught us, the best way to celebrate her now, is to do those things that she wants us to do, avoid those things she had always told us not to do.
”My brothers, we celebrate you, my sisters, we celebrate you not just because you are from Edo State, we celebrate you because you have been able to transform the gift of God in you and had a complete sector working in this country.
“When we call your name, obviously we will remember Access Bank and for us, when we call on you, we remember the intellectual prowess and your managerial skills that have developed the sector”, Shaibu said.
Commenting on his late mum, the first son of the deceased, Aigbovbioise AIG-Imoukhuede, said he would miss his late mother’s words of advice and monthly prayer text messages.
Also eulogizing her late mother, the first daughter of the deceased, Dr Erekpitan Ola-Adisa, said her mother’s humility and selfless service to God and humanity were what she would miss about her.
“My mom loved God with her whole heart and her whole might. She loved her people, Ora people. She loved humanity, she served her family, and she served everyone with all that she had.
“I would always remember her for her sacrificial life, her humility and her devotion to God”, she said.
Speaking for the extended family, Professor Emeritus Oje Aisiku, described his late aunty, as a pillar of support to the entire family and that she would be sorely missed by all.
Atiku admonished the children to take solace in the good life their mother led while for him, he would work on himself to be a better person so that he would see her on that resurrection morning.
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