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The remains of a veteran journalist and former spokesman for the ex-military President, Chief Duro Onabule, were on Friday interred in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.
In his sermon during the funeral service at the Cathedral Church of Our Saviour, Ijebu Ode, the Diocesan Bishop, Rev Peter Oludipe, described Onabule as an icon, hard worker and an achiever.
Oludipe noted that life remained transient and extremely short, adding that everyone would die at God’s appointed time.
He stated that Onabule was a philanthropist and a family man, who did his best and impacted the nation positively.
The News Agency of Nigeria quoted the cleric as saying, “Irrespective of our achievements, we will all die and give account of our stewardship. What are you doing to contribute to the growth and development of the nation?
“People die regularly everywhere in the world. This is a funeral service that we are all familiar with. Today, it has become the turn of Onabule.
“Death is certain, it is the reality of life; whether male or female, young or old, rich or poor, educated or illiterate, all men will die.”
The bishop appealed to Nigerian leaders to show more love and care to the citizens.
He urged the citizens to pray for credible leaders in 2023.
“We should pray that God will give us credible leaders. We should not allow those who have little interest in the welfare of the citizens to dictate the pace for us,” he added.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Muhammed, described Onabule as a humble, honest and down to earth individual.
Muhammed, who was represented by the acting Director-General, Nigeria Television Authority, Abdulhamid Dembos, said that Onabule was an intellectual and a motivator.
The first son of the deceased, Babatunde, noted that all the values learnt from his father had kept him going and had affected his life positively.
“My dad was a good man and God-fearing, and I can boldly say that he loved other children the way he loved us. We are going to miss him,” he said.
NAN reports that Onabule’s remains were later laid to rest at a private burial ground at a ceremony witnessed by only by his family members. He died on August 16, 2022 at the age of 83.