AIKHOMU LAID TO REST AMID EULOGIES
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday eulogised the later former Military Vice-President, Admiral Augustus Aikhomu, saying that the contribution of the former Chief of General Staff to the development of the nation would be written in gold.
Represented by Vice-President Namadi Sambo who led a high powered delegation of the federal government to the funeral service of Aikhomu, President Jonathan said Admiral Aikhomu left a high sense of decorum and service in the Nigerian Navy, saying that he fought for the unity of the country.
Describing Aikhomu as a great officer, a man of intelligence and good conscience, President Jonathan noted that Aikhomu's hard work and loyalty elevated him to the exalted office of Vice President.
The president who expressed sincere condolence, sorrow and grieve over the death of the former military vice president urged his family to take solace in the fact that their patriarch lived a good life they can be proud of.
Earlier, Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, while describing Admiral Aikhomu as 'an exemplary officer who God had been generous to and who made his contribution to the country', said he did not come to mourn, but to celebrate Aikhomu.
He pointed out that if death was a precondition to heaven, people should not be angry when death occurs, adding that the only way to avoid death was not to be born.
He appealed to the federal government to revisit the name of Irrua Specialists Hospital with a view to immortalise Admiral Aikhomu.
In a sermon preached by the Anglican Archbishop, Bendel Ecclesiastical Province and Bishop, Diocese of Esan, Dr. Friday Imaekhai titled: 'Eternity with the Lord', said the most fascinating of God's creation is man and that of all attributes of man the most intriguing aspect is man.
He however pointed out that the most aspect of man's life that people runaway from is death because no one knows when it will come even as he describes death as a mystery and intriguing.
According to the Archbishop, man was born to die and death was inevitable, adding that the certainty of death has the uncertainty of time and therefore urged Nigerians to make preparation when there is life and prepare to the end.
Bishop Imeakhai who also called on Nigerians to seek to change the world of decay and corruption for a world that seeks for the common good of all.
He also called on those wielding political powers in the country to use it for the social good in order to eliminate anti-social behaviour, which he said was manifest in the country.
'Be at peace with yourself, your neighbour and God so that eternity will be ours', the Bishop advised.