Those destroying Nigeria will pay, Cleric warns at Pa Edevbie’s funeral
By Jon Egie
All those involved in attempts to destroy Nigeria will give account of their activities when they die, the Bishop of Ughelli Diocese (Anglican Communion), the Rt Rev Cyril Odutemu (PhD) has warned.
He gave the warning while delivering his homily during the funeral service of late Engr James Okpako Rangers Edevbie, father of the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Delta state, Olorogun David Edevbie; Friday, November 08, 2019 at the All Saints’ Cathedral Church, Ughelli.
The cleric took a swipe at the attitude of Nigerians in the their various social status who abuse opportunity of their offices and positions in life to oppress the poor and less privileged and even the poor who oppress the poor saying that they too will give account of their lives.
He said of all the international exploits of late Engr James Edevbie and the recorded legacies he left behind; “dust to dust” was his end.
“Rangers Edevbie was a man who excelled in his Engineering career but soon he will be dust to dust. Among those who wear big robes Satan may claim the souls of some on the Day of Judgment. We will all give account of how we lived our life, how we manipulated figures and cheated people. God will judge us according to the works of our hands.
“The Book of Life will be opened to see if you forgave your neighbor who offended you. Some of those you see as big time pastors on Television might be younger brothers of Satan and I charge you all to repent and do what is right because, we shall all stand before God on the Day of Judgment.”
He said many state governors make mistakes unintentionally in the process of governance and traced the root cause of such mistakes to political appointees who are professed Christians but mislead their principals because of their personal interests. They too will pay for their actions, he stressed.
“Nigeria as a nation will give account of itself and all the leaders of the country should know that today you are in power, tomorrow you will not be in power because power expires and your power will expire either by tenure or death and therefore, let us repent of our sins, let the bygone be bygone and let us rebuild Nigeria because Nigeria can be rebuilt.
“We are burying a 93 year old man but who knows the next of us to die? Everyone fears death but death will surely come to all of us. The only we can be happy when death comes is to be in harmony with your God.” He exhorted.
The Bishop who earlier commended ex governor James Ibori for the land mark development projects he put in place while in office which have become his infrastructure and human capital development legacies also commended Governor Okowa for his development strides in Delta state for the past five years and counseled the Chief of Staff to Governor Okowa, Olorogun David Edevbie and other children of late Engr James Okpako Rangers Edevbie to spend their time wisely.
Among dignitaries who graced the funeral service were: Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo state; Chief James Ibori, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, General Alexander Ogomudia rtd, Sir Benjamen Elue, Prof Amos Utuama, former senate president Bukola Saraki, Dr Cecillia Ibru, Deputy President of the Senate, HE, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, Sen Lyel Imoke, Gen Dominic Oneya,UPU President General Olorogun Moses Taiga, Chief Albert Akpomudje, Mr Timi Alaibe, Chief Ighoyota Amori, Comrade Ovuzorie Macaulay.
Soon after the funeral service the body of late Rangers Edevbie was taken to his compound in Afierese where it was interred.
During and after the interment, Afiesere was locked down in a grid lock of vehicles conveying other Very Important Personalities including government functionaries and political heavy weights across the country to the Afiesere secondary school, venue of the reception ceremony where guests were treated to sumptuous entertainment as Urhobo notable orator, David Akperhe alias Umuku Efia mastered the ceremony.
The late James Okpako Rangers Edevbie was a building designer and engineer who worked for nearly a decade in the United Kingdom. During that period he was responsible for the structural design of several notable projects such as the London Cooperative Society Limited Building on High Street in Acton, London and the Firestone Tyre Depot Building at Enfield, Eastbourne, Birmigham, Liverpool and other centers in Britain.
The British Bank of the Middle East, Rasal Khaimah, Arabian Gulf; H.M. Armed Forces Depot Buildings, Gilbratar; H.M. Armed Forces Block of flats, Stanley Barracks, Hong Kong; H.M. British High Commission Senior and Junior Staff Quarters, Islamabad, Pakistan; Major Civil Airport buildings and run-way realignment, Sychelles Island, Indian Ocean, as well as the structural design of 22 bridges and road alignment on the Nepal East-West Highway.
On return to Nigeria in 1973, he worked for Agbim & Partners as Chief Engineer in charge of the Lagos Office during which he was involved in various projects across the country including the Federal Palace Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos; Hotel Presidential, Aba; African Continental Bank Limited, Lagos; Armed Forces Hospital, Benin City; P&T Training School Extension, Oshodi, Lagos.
In the mid 70s, he left Agbim &Partners to establish his own firm, Quadrant International Engineers where as Principal Consultant he worked on several projects including: the Stadium Complex, The Parade Ground and drill school at Ojo for the Nigeria Armed Forces, the Secretariat at the Victoria Island for the Federation of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors in Nigeria; the Temporary State House of Assembly, Markurdi, Benue State; the Hotel De Apollo, Sapele; the Sports Medicine Centre, National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos; the Priority Housing Scheme in Delta Steel Co. Ltd; the INEC Headquarters, Abuja; and the Nigerian Embassies in Abidjan, Coted’Ivoire and Addis Abba, Ethiopia.
In the tribute read by Olorogun David Edevbie during the Service of Songs held on Thursday in Afiesere town, the COS noted that his father was a strong-willed, highly disciplined man who lived his life in accordance with strict moral standards and “a diligent work ethics and principles which he impressed onto his children.” Olorogun David Edevbie said.
The late Engr James Okpako Rangers Edevbie was survived by ten children, 23 grand children, one great grandchild, three brothers, eight sisters along with relatives and friends