Benin City literarily stood still today following the thanksgiving service for the eighty-third birthday of the Esama of Benin, His Excellency, Sir, Chief, Doctor Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion.
Wellington Akodeja reports that Saint Gabriel the Arch Angel Catholic Church, venue of the thanksgiving service paraded an endless list of dignitaries, including traditional rulers, captains of industries, business moguls and Ondo State Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi amongst others.
Guard of Honour Mounted by Knights of Saint John International Military squad in honour of the celebrant and Honourary Romania Consul to Edo and Delta states of Nigeria His Excellency Sir, Chief Doctor Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion the Esama of Benin.
The road leading to Saint Gabriel the Arch Angel Catholic Church venue of the ceremony witnessed traffic gridlock following the presence of dignitaries who converged to celebrate Esama of Benin at eighty three.
Members of the Catholic Women Organisation were not left out of the celebration as they gave the Esama of Benin Sir, Chief, Doctor Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion warm welcome to Saint Gabriel Archangel Catholic Church Sapele road.
There was a heavy presence of joint security agencies who ensured water tight security at the venue of the event.
Knights of Saint John International Military squad, man servants, senior church workers and catholic priests held special procession to usher in the celebrant and Esama of Benin His Excellency Sir, Chief, Doctor Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion into the church auditorium for the thanksgiving.
The church choir also led the congregation to promise God for his manifold blessing in the life of the Esama of Benin.
Commenting on the thanksgiving His Royal Highness Oba Engineer Adereti the Oba Wara of Iwara Ife, Deputy Inspector General of Police retired and former chairman police service Commission Parry Osayande, His Royal Highness Alhaji Y.E Dirusun the Okuokpegbe of Okpella member representing Ikoba Okha Egor Federal
Constituency Ehijohnson Agbonayinam and vice chancellor of University of Benin Professor Faradey Orunmwense Eulogized the sterling qualities of Esama of Benin at eighty three.
The grand finale of the Eighty third birthday of the Esama of Benin is slated for September eleven with an early Morning Prayer at his residence number one to thirteen Okada Avenue GRA B/C.