Omoruyi laid to rest in Benin

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Jethro Ibileke/Benin

Former Director-General of the defunct Nigerian Centre for Democratic Studies (CDS), Prof. Omo Omoruyi was Friday laid to rest in his family house, at Oza Street in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

At a funeral service which preceded his interment, held at the Benin Central Baptist, Parish priest, Rev. Dr. Olu Aibinuomo, described the late professor of Political Science as “a man of many parts” who touched the lives of many from the political circle to the academia.

In his sermon titled, “Journey Back to life,” Aibinoumo said “God showed Prof. Omo Omoruyi Mercy and love by adding Six more years to his days on Earth as he was seriously down with ailment 6 years ago, when nobody thought he could live another hour, but he stayed more than we thought he would because of God’s grace in his life.”

He further described the late Omoruyi as man of worthy of emulation as he was a fulfilled man, happy family man and a committed father.

A funeral Mass was earlier held at a commendation service at the University of Benin, where Omoruyi was once a Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of Political Science Department.

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Professor Omoruyi died October 13, 2013 after battling cancer for about five years.

Meanwhile, the remains of former Chief of General Staff (CGS), Vice-Admiral Mike Akhigbe, was flown into Benin en-route Fugar where he would be laid to rest on Saturday.

Admiral Akhigbe’s body came aboard a Nigerian Airforce plane marked NAF-031, at 11.45am.

He was later laid-in-state for the at Government House, with Governor Adams Oshiomhole, who had joined others to receive the corpse earlier at the airport, playing chief mourner.

Oshiomhole in his eulogy said Akhigbe made it possible for paople like him to ascend to become President of Nigeria Labour Congress, through removal of obnoxious extant laws.