The Esama of Benin and Honorary Romanian Consul to Edo and Delta States, Sir, Chief, Doctor Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion has been described as an enigma and a worldwide influential personality.
These attributes were words used by the officiating minister, Reverend Father Michael Oyonoafo during the thanksgiving mass in honour of the Esama of Benin on the occasion of his eighty third birthday.
That flamboyant entrance signaled the commencement of the pre birthday thanksgiving in honour of the Esama of Benin’s eighty-third birthday anniversary.
The thanksgiving mass, was officiated by over fifty catholic priests, led by Vicar General, Benin Arch diocese, Reverend Father Augustine Ehigie.
The choir added spice to the event as they thrilled the guests with various melodious songs.
The auditorium of Saint Gabriel the Arch Angel Catholic Church, venue of the event was packed full with guests and several dignitaries from all spectrum of life including the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi, who represented the governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, turned out in a large number to felicitate with the Esama of Benin, Sir, Chief, Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion on the auspicious occasion of his 83 birthday.
In his exaltation the officiating priest, Reverend Father Michael Oyonoafo said Esama of Benin is unique and rare in the whole world.
He said despite his influence, Sir, Chief, Doctor Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion has continued to live a humble life and said that could be the reason of his manifold business from God.
The priest while congratulating the Esama of Benin on his eighty-third birthday said what he admire so much in the Esama of Benin is his fitness despite his age and prayed that God continue to strengthened him and add more years to his age to continue with his goods to humanity.
In recognition of his immense contributions to the growth of the Catholic Church, the Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis sent him a rosary and a bible, which was presented to him by the Vicar Genera amidst fanfare.
Highpoint of the day was the special Thanksgiving by the celebrant, and Esama of Benin, Sir, Chief, Doctor Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion accompanied by his wife Lady Cherry, children and was spiced up by the display of members of Knights of Saint John, which the Esama is the grand patron.
Thanking guests for taking time out to attend the occasion, eldest son of the Esama of Benin and two time governor of Edo State, Chief Lucky Nosakhare Igbinedion, who spoke on behalf of the House of Igbinedion, said the greatest joy is that their father is celebrating his birthday with his loved ones who are guests that attended the thanksgiving mass.
Birthday song was later sang by the entire church for the Esama at 83.
The, 83rd birthday celebration is billed to hold on the eleventh of September at number one to thirteen, Okada avenue with an interdenominational prayers.
Reported by Efosa Uwangue