Tributes as Ejoor’s remains are interred; Gowon, Okowa, Obaseki sue for peace, unity of Nigeria


One of Nigeria’s first generation military officer, former governor of the defunct Mid-West Region and former Chief of Army Staff, major General David Ejoor was today laid to rest, with

former Nigeria’s Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, Delta State Governor,  Dr Ifeanyi Okowa and his Edo State counterpart, Mr Godwin Obaseki made case for a peaceful, united Nigeria at the funeral.

According to them, no sacrifice is so big for the peace and unity of the country.

They spoke at the funeral service of Major General David Ejoor held at Ovwor-Olomu,  Ughelli South local government area of Delta State.

“I thank you all for coming to this ceremony, we served in the Nigerian Army so many years ago and I am delighted with the encomiums poured on the deceased who was a good soldier and a good family man,”  Gen. Gowon said, adding that Nigerians should continue to make sacrifices for the peace and unity of the country.

Governor Okowa in a brief speech, thanked Nigerians of all walks of life for attending the burial ceremony, noting, “we referred to Gen. Ejoor as Daddy; he was a distinguished elder statesman and if we believe in the thoughts that he had,  we will have a great nation, a nation that is peaceful and United.

“He had all the attributes a man should have; a quality human being who cared for his family and the nation and those of us that lives should emulate the qualities that he had to make our country better,” Governor Okowa said, while his Edo State counterpart, Mr Obaseki stated that as a former Military Administrator of Midwest State comprising Delta and Edo States, the deceased deserved to be honoured for erecting structures for future leaders of the two states to build on.

“His spectacular contributions to the unity of Nigeria will continue to be acknowledged,” the Edo State Governor asserted.

Earlier in a sermon, Rev. Fr. Greg Umukoro, observed that the deceased, “lived a good life of service to the nation and humanity.”

Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, Service Chiefs, former Governor James Ibori,  the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly,  Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori and a host of retired military officers, politicians and Chiefs from the Urhobo ethnic nationality attended the burial ceremony.

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