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Ola Vincent For Burial Thursday

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The late Ola Vincent, former  Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, is to be buried on Thursday at the Ikoyi cemetery, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

A family source told P.M.NEWS this morning that the deceased would be buried after a church service at the African Church Cathedral (Bethel), 59, Broad Street, Lagos.

There will be lying-in-state for the deceased on Thursday at his residence, 8, Balarabe Musa Crescent, Victoria Island between 9 and 10 a.m.

It was gathered that during a meeting his family held yesterday it was decided that the deceased should be buried quickly according to his wish.

Vincent died yesterday at St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos Island, after a brief illness. He was 87.

Vincent who was the Governor of Central Bank between 1977 and 1982. He died after complaining of a slight backache.

Early visitors to the family residence of the Vincent’s include Chief Remi Olowude and his wife.

Olowude, the Vice Chairman and Chief Executive of Industrial and General Insurance, IGI, described the late Economist as “a pillar of life.”

Olowude, in his condolence register, wrote: “May the grace of the Almighty God be with you as you rest in His bosom. Our great father, friend lover of truth, epitome of integrity and role model.”

The former Chairman and Chief Executive of Nigeria Breweries Plc, Dr. Felix Ohiwerei, described the late banker as the best Nigerian he ever dealt with.

He said: “He was a wonderful man, exemplary in character and one of the best Nigerians I have ever dealt with. He was trustworthy, very meticulous and very ethical. He also feared God.  His death is a great loss to the nation.”

Former Director-General of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, Apostle Hayford Allile, wrote in the condolence register: “What a celebration of life at many fronts, we will miss.”

The Vicar of the African Bethel Church, where Vincent worshipped before his demise, Ven. Thomas Fagbayi, described him as a godfearing man, a philanthropist, who was the patron of many societies in the church and prayed for the repose of his soul.

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The Head of Corporate Communications, NDIC, Mr. Hadi Birchi, described his death as  a great loss to the nation.

“It is very painful. This is a great loss to the country. He was one of those that developed the Nigerian banking system and he will be greatly missed,” Birchi added.

His widow, Edith, described her husband as a hard working and loving husband, who took good care of his children and grand children.

His daughter, Mrs. Taiwo Bali, said her father was a good man, who had a large heart and was a stickler for details.

She described her father, whom she said was mentally alert until his death, as a rallying point for the extended family.

She said he was a very religious man who did not fail to read his Bible regularly and had never failed to buy his children Bible.

“I am going to miss him and he would be missed by everybody,” she said.

She said she was close to her father and sometimes, both of them could be on the phone discussing different issues until 3 a.m.

According to her, she was with him at the hospital last Saturday, when he was very cheerful and laughing, not knowing that “that was the last time I would see him laugh and alive.”

On burial plans for the deceased,  Bali said her father had left an instruction that he would not want his body to be left for too long before burial.

The last child of the former Apex bank boss, Dele, said his father died around 12.30 p.m.

—Jamiu Yisa