By Jon Egie

 

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Prof Adeyeye Olusola signing the condolence register in Ekiugbo-Ughelli.

Prof Adeyeye Olusola signing the condolence register in Ekiugbo-Ughelli.

The Senate of the FRN has condoled the Ovie of Ughelli, HRM Oharisi 111 and the family of late Deacon Gamaliel Onosode over the demise of the business ball room guru.

 

A 6-man delegation of the Senate led by Sen. Prof. Adeyeye Olusola representing South West geopolitical zone of the country; Saturday, Oct. 17, visited the Ovie of Ughelli at his palace and the family of late Gamaliel Onosode in the country home of the deceased in Ekiugbo-Ughelli.

 

Other members of the delegation include: Sen Chief Ighoyota Amori (South-South), Sen. Enhinnaya Abaribe (South- East), Sen. John Owan Enoh (South-South), Sen. Danjuma Laah (North-West) and Sen. George Akume (North-Central) who was unavoidable absent.

 

 

Members of the Senate delegation in a group photograph with members of the Onosode family in Ekiugbo-Ughelli.

Members of the Senate delegation in a group photograph with members of the Onosode family in Ekiugbo-Ughelli.

At the palace of the Ovie of Ughelli, Head of the delegation, Prof. Adeyeye told the monarch of the mission of the delegation as constituted and directed by the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and the need to pay homage to the traditional ruler before proceeding for the assignment. The monarch used the opportunity to express thanks to the Senate President for the honour.

 

At the country home of late Deacon Gamaliel Onosode in Ekiugbo-Ughelli, the delegation was received by the Onosode family led by Dr Andrew Onosode.

 

Speaking of behalf of the Senate President, Prof Adeyeye Olusola prayed for the living to draw inspiration from the life of late Deacon Gamaliel Onosode who he described as “a shining star” saying that Onosode’s memory will continue to linger.

 

 

Prof Adeyeye presenting a letter and a package from the Senate President to the family head and son of late Dcn Gamaliel Onosode.

Prof Adeyeye presenting a letter and a package from the Senate President to the family head and son of late Dcn Gamaliel Onosode.

In a tribute, Prof. Adeyeye said he knew the late Gamaliel Onosode way back in 1968. He recalled that in the 60s, the Christian youths embraced evangelism in the Baptist Convention as they got tired of the cold formality of the Baptist Convention.

He said the church at that time expelled some of the youths and at a point late Deacon Gamaliel Onosode rose to their defence.

 

“Late Gamaliel Onosode brought his intellectual prowess to the reading of the bible. He was able to read the bible in Latin, Greek and English Language. I recall he was called a Pharisee when he was a Special Adviser to the government of Alhaji Shehu Shagari because he would not compromise.

 

He said going by the trend of politics of the country at that time, a group of evangelical Christians including him decided to pick a pair of straight Nigerians from the minority ethnic groups to be sponsored for the presidency and they begged Yakubu Gowon and late Gamaliel Onosode “but IBB dribbled us out” adding that Gamaliel Onosode was too knowledgeable and so Godly not to be in politics.

 

 

Sen Ighoyota Amori addressing the Onosode family while other members of the delegation look on.

Sen Ighoyota Amori addressing the Onosode family while other members of the delegation look on.

According to him, it was rare for the Senate of the FRN to send a delegation to condole the family of any dead Nigerian “but we are here because the Senate recognised late Gamaliel Onosode as a national gem, we know all of us will die but we know he ran a good race, he was a treasure cherished throughout the world”.

 

Responding, the Head of the Onosode family, Dr Andrew Onosode thanked the delegation for the condolence visit. He lamented that Nigeria is a society where doing right is a crime but took solace in the fact that having a crop of members of the delegation in the Senate of the FRN shows that Nigeria has a future.

 

He said he was a product of the way of life of the late Deacon Gamaliel Onosode “who brought us up in an atmosphere of discipline” stressing that although it may take some time to reset Nigeria, he believed that with the calibre of personality of the delegation in the National Assembly, “there is hope for this country”.

 

 

The Ovie of Ughelli in a pose with members of the Senate delegation.

The Ovie of Ughelli in a pose with members of the Senate delegation.

Highlight of the condolence visit was the presentation of later of tribute by the Senate of the FRN to the family of late Deacon Gamaliel Onosode.

 

Later, Chief Ighoyota Amori on behalf of the Urhobo Political Class expressed excitement at the Senate call on the FG to immortalise Gamaliel Onosode saying “he lived a fulfilled life”.

 

He thanked the Onosode family for all they have done in preparation for the burial on Oct 23, and assured that he would lead the Urhobo Political Class to the burial ceremony to be part of the family and to preach the gospel that “Onosode was great in life and also great in death and although he is dead yet he lives on because he made Urhobo proud.”