PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan joined thousands of people to consolers to sing home the departed publisher of The Guardian Newspapers, Mr. Alex Uruemu Ibru, who was interred yesterday at the Ibru Centre at Agbarha-Otor in Ughelli, Delta State.
The president described Ibru as a champion of religious harmony in Nigeria.
Jonathan was represented by his adviser on media and publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, at a Service of Songs on Friday at the Ibru Centre.
The Most Revd Dr. E. Adebola Ademowo, Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos and Bishop of Lagos, led nine other priests and church ministers to conduct the service, which was attended by the Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan and his deputy, Prof. Amos Utuama.
In a letter he personally signed to commiserate with Ibru’s widow, Mrs. Maiden Alex-Ibru and the family, the president said the late Ibru was an outstanding entrepreneur, professional, public servant and God’s worker.
The letter reads: “His (Alex Ibru) passing at this time in our development history is indeed a great loss not only to you, your children, the larger Ibru family and the people of Delta State, but to the entire nation.
“Over the years, he committed his time and resources to distinguished service to humanity. In addition to his outstanding philanthropy, he worked hard to propagate the noble ideals of Christianity, while championing the cause of entrenching religious harmony in Nigeria.
“His accomplishments remain an enduring source of inspiration to all who were fortunate enough to have their paths cross with his.”
The president, who is evidently pained by the death of Alex Ibru at age 66, enjoined the family to find renewal in the fact that he lived a good life and his soul shall find eternal rest in the bosom of the Almighty.