Igbuya who spoke at the Day of Tribute for the first executive governor of Delta State said Ibru contributed a lot to the uplifting of the Urhobo man, Delta State and Nigeria.
“The country has indeed lost one of its most gifted citizens” Igbuya said in Asaba
He described the death of the former governor as a terrible blow to the political class and Nigerians in general.
“Olorogun Felix Ovudoroye Ibru was a man whose name spoke volume. He was imbued with gratitude, generosity, virtue, vision, ideas, spirituality, integrity and humility. He was, without doubt an architect first, before any other thing. It was however on the political turf that he etched his name on marble. Indeed, Senator Ibru left indelible prints on the Nigerian political space. He contributed greatly to the growth of the Nigerian State.
Together with Chief Simeon Ebonka, they formed a strong partnership and set the template for the development of Delta State.
“Olorogun Felix Ibru was a very humble person with an exciting sense of humour”
He continued “Ibru death surely deprives the nation of one of its best minds. I however take solace in the fact that the first democratically elected governor of Delta State lived an inspired and fulfilled life by the manner he deployed his professional expertise towards the development of Nigeria. He will definitely be missed by friends, family, associates, colleagues and all those whose lives he positively touched in one way or the other. He will forever be remembered as one who came, and did his bit in a very great and impressive way. He will also be remembered by Nigerians, particularly Deltans as the man who reached the pinnacle of power but refused to be intoxicated by it”.
“I sincerely join the entire family of Senator Ibru, his people at Agbarha-Otor and all patriots of Nigeria in celebrating the life of a great Nigerian citizen. I also bid our great leader and mentor a respectful farewell and a sweet repose”.