The Delta State Government has expressed its deep condolences to the Obaigbena family and the Royal family of Owa kingdom, over the passing away of Rotimi Azubuike Obaigbena, brother of Thisday Newspaper publisher, Mr. Nduka Obaigbena.
This condolence was expressed on behalf of the state government, in a statement issued and signed by the Delta State Commissioner for Information, Hon. Commissioner for Information, Chike C. Ogeah Esq, who described the late Azubuike Obaigbena as a personal friend, as well as a member of the Delta State Economic Advisory team.
According to the statement, Ogeah said, “On behalf of the Government and people of Delta State, we commiserate with Prince Nduka Obaigbena, publisher of ThisDay newspapers, the royal family of Owa kingdom and the people of Owa on the untimely demise of Rotimi Azubuike Obaigbena.
“The Government and people of Delta State are shocked at the death of Azubuike, a prince of Owa kingdom, who passed on on March 1, 2015 in California, the United States, from a sudden brain aneurysm.
“A Certified Public Accountant, Azubuike, elder brother of Nduka Obaigbena who is a member of the Delta State Economic Advisory Team, had been practicing his profession creditably in America where he lived with his wife, Sheri.
“The people of Delta State share in the grief of the Obaigbenas and prayed for God’s strength and grace for the family in this tragic time.
“As a personal friend, I extend my heartfelt condolence to Nduka Obaigbena on this huge loss. As the maker of all things, God surely has His divine intention for calling Azubuike back at this time.
“I am sure the late prince will rest in God’s paradise having lived a life of service during his earthly sojourn.”
The statement further noted that Azubuike Obaigbena was born in Ibadan on July 27, 1958 and attended Edo College, Benin City as well Howard University, Washington DC. He will be buried in San Diego, California while a commendation service will hold in Nigeria, the statement concluded.