The Benin City Sky, lights up bright with the celebration of a unique nonagenarian, Chief Sam Igbe, Iyase of Benin.
Dignitaries from all walks of life honoured the man who has become a beacon of honour and decency in our failing society.
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, was on hand and graced the church service and the lavish reception held in Benin City.
Addressing journalists after the thanksgiving service in honour of Chief Igbe’s 90th birthday at Our Saviour Church, Diocese of Benin Anglican Communion, Governor Obaseki described the Iyase as an icon of the Benin culture, history and people.
Speaking later at the reception, the governor reminded guests which included Mr. Adams Oshiomhole that Chief Igbe symbolises the traits of a true Benin man. The traits he stated includes, honesty, courage, forthrightness, dignity and truthfulness.
The governor thanked God for the life of the celebrant and wished him good health and God’s protection.”
Some dignitaries at the thanksgiving service held at the Anglican Church included the Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Philip Shiabu, the Secretary to State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq, Esama of Benin Kingdom, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, Inspector General of Police, Solomom Arase (rtd), former Edo State Deputy Governor, Chief Mike Ogiadomeh, Iyalode of Lagos and Chief Mrs. Bintu-Fatima Tinubu. Others including Mr. Orobosa Omo-Ojo JP, Engr. Chris Ogiwmwonyi, Mr. Ansleem Ojezua, Edo State APC Chairman, Mr. Lawrence Okar, APC State Secretary, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu amongst others graced the reception.
The nonagenarian obtained his first school leaving certificate in 1947 and graduated with a Cambridge Grade two school certificate in 1952.
He was recruited in 1956 by the colonial masters into the first Cadet Sub-Inspector Course of the Nigeria Police Force and was in service for 22 years as a Police Officer.
He was Commissioner of Police in Ondo and Anambra states at different times.
Chief Igbe was installed the 18th Iyase of Benin Kingdom in 1997 by Oba Erediauwa.