The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, in a statement by his special adviser, media and publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described Ibru’s death as painful and a great loss to the people of Delta State, Niger Delta, the political class and the entire nation.
“Ibru’s contributions to the growth of democracy in Nigeria remain legendary. He laid the solid foundation upon which subsequent governors of Delta State have continued to build. We shall all miss him,” Saraki said.
Former Senate President, David Mark, described the late Ibru as a pan-Nigerian, who worked for the peace and unity of the nation.
“Senator Ibru craved for a nation under God, where every citizen is free to pursue his or her legitimate ambition anywhere without fear of molestation,” he said.
The immediate past Senate leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, recalled his relationship with the late Ibru in the fifth Senate, adding that his dedication to work, as well as his inter-personal relationship with other senators was fantastic.
“He was a complete gentleman, a statesman and a patriot. In his time, he demonstrated commitment and hardwork that belied his age,” he said.
Those at the residence of the deceased, on Sunday, on a condolence visit, included former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi; former Minister of Health, Prince Julius Adelusi Adeluyi; Bishop of Lagos West, Anglican Communion, Right Reverend James Olusola Odedeji; former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Housing, Mr Guy Otobo, among others