President Muhammadu Buhari has extended his “heartfelt” condolences to the Abebe family as well as the government and people of Edo state over the death of former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s late wife, Stella’s father, Christopher Abebe, who died at the age of 99.
His son, John Abebe, had announced the death in a statement.
President Buhari, in a statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, on Friday, also commiserated with “the in-laws, friends, the organised private sector and the Iruekpen community in Edo state over the
passage of the astute and dedicated community leader and business mogul.”
The president, the statement said, eulogised Abebe as “the Odionwere (community leader) of Iruekpen, the first indigenous Chairman and Managing Director of United Africa Company (UAC), Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of three Nigerian Universities (Benin City, Nsukka and Calabar).
“Dr Abebe was a shining light and worthy example of hard work, positive influence and patriotism to his local community, the private sector and the nation,” the statement read in part.
He urged family members, business associates and the Catholic Church in Nigeria where he served as Papal Knight of St. Gregory and Supreme Knight of St. Mulumba to honour Abebe’s memory by upholding his lifelong dedication and passion to human development.
“The President prays that Almighty God will grant the soul of the departed eternal rest and comfort all who mourn him.”