Work hard to replace Michael Ibru, Goodie advises Urhobo youths
By Jon Egie
Urhobo people and indeed, youths in Nigeria have been advised to emulate the virtues of late Olorogun Dr Michael Ibru in order to make the society a better place for all.
Mr Goodie Ibru, the only surviving brother of the late Urhobo icon gave the advise in an interview with Spy News at the end of the 3-day activities that marked the first memorial anniversary of the patriarch of the Ibru family; Wednesday, Sept 5, in Agbarha-Otor.
He described the event as very successful, colourful and thanked God for the clement weather enjoyed throughout the period of the memorial anniversary celebration.
He expressed appreciation for the support given to the Ibru family by the Urhobo people during the celebration, no doubt, because their identity as Urhobos was not in question.
“We have always received support from the Urhobo people, we are Urhobos and with the support and inspiration of the Urhobo people, their encouragement too, the Ibru family has been able to achieve the modest achievement they made. And I must say that as the head of the family, Olorogun Michael Ibru, our brother and father was given well served tributes during the celebration of the first memorial anniversary of his departure from this world.
“I use this opportunity to advise Urhobo sons and daughters to work hard and follow the tenets and path that late Olorogun Michael Ibru took. Those tenets include: integrity, honesty, caring for fellow Urhobos and being also creative. They should follow the path of entrepreneurship, create wealth, create employment so that the country would be prosperous and the people will be happy. Of course, that entails hard work because nothing good comes easy.
In a separate interview, Eromina Ese Baby Ibru, the eleventh child of late Olorogun Michael Ibru said she missed the pieces of advice and encouragement her father used to give to her while alive. She believed that the children of the late icon owed their father the duty of maintain his legacy of philanthropy, although it would be difficult to fill his shoes, because he did so much.
She advised Urhobo youths who were not born with golden spoons to realize that late Michael Ibru was not born rich, he was born just like an average Urhobo boy of today, with one head and there is nothing they cannot achieve if they put God first and persevere in their endeavour.
The previous day, a statue of late Olorogun Michael Ibru erected at the palatial country home was unveiled by his wife, Dr Mrs Cecilia Ibru. The statue bore the virtues of the late icon: Humilty, Visionary, Diligence and Philanthropy inscribed on its four sides. The statue was modeled after the 70th birthday picture of late Michael Ibru.
Highlight of the unveiling was a consecration of the statue by the Bishop of Ughelli Diocese (Anglican Communion), Rt. Rev Cyril Odutemu Phd.
The high priest in an exhortation said God used late Michael Ibru to lift people from the ashes of poverty to the glory of wealth and prayed: “If business is facing difficulty and the owners of the business turn to this statue to pray, hear their prayers oh God. May the devourer not waste their resources, may the enemy not divide the family and as they look onto the statue may their business prosper and inspire others” the bishop prayed.