I am exceedingly proud of the celebrant (His Excellency – Chief John Odigie-Oyegun) for the niche he was carved for himself, family, and by extension, the great people of Benin Kingdom.
Hon.Osa Atu and Princess Osula-Atu


I, Dr. Solomon Ehigiator Arase, IGP rtd, on behalf of my family, heartily rejoice with you  – Chief John Odigie-Oyegun on this unique occasion of the celebration of your role of exceptional contribution to the growth and stability of Edo State and our country – Nigeria.

Over time and space, you have exhibited uncommon wisdom, undiluted leadership and crystal-clear vision in contributing to the greatness of our body polity. My dear uncle and dear friend, as the pathfinder and father of the modern day Edo State that you represent, I join other well-wishers to celebrate your resilience and zest to continually impact humanity with giant strides of unparalleled achievements. Whenever I reflect on your positive impact to my tenure as IGP, I feel the spirit of shared love and benevolence. Thank you.

Congratulations on the award of the Benin National Merit Award – The Distinguished Political Leadership Award by the Benin National Congress. I salute your dexterity and sense of purpose in steering the leadership of our great Nation to enviable heights, as the national chairman of the ruling Party (APC).


Oba gha t’okpere, Ise.

It is pride worthy for good people to celebrate their exemplary icons; especially, at a time in our country when reward for hard work and integrity is nosediving or near extinct. It is on this score I anchored my bundle of gratitude for the organizers of this great event tagged Benin Fundamental Reception for Chief John Odigie-Oyegun. I am exceedingly proud of the celebrant (His Excellency – Chief John Odigie-Oyegun) for the niche he was carved for himself, family, and by extension, the great people of Benin Kingdom.

Having resisted the temptation of outlining the beautiful accomplishments of the celebrant both as a retired super Permanent Secretary, the 1st Executive Governor of Edo State, and the national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, I dare say he is an exemplary personality worthy of emulation. A very rare role model.

I congratulate you – Chief John Odigie-Oyegun on your investiture as the recipient of the 9th Benin National Merit Award – Distinguished Public Service Award category. I wish you many trailblazing accomplishments in the years ahead.


Hon.Osa Atu and Princess Osula-Atu

Chief John Odigie-Oyegun: a factor in the Niger Delta equation:

As an astute politician and a patriotic pathfinder, I have followed with intrinsic interest the trailblazing course of Chief John Odigie-Oyegun in the last three decades. I am circumspect of personalities deserving of my tribute, for the celebrant – I can go the whole hog. He is an exceptionally tactful Edo man in the murky waters of Nigerian politics.

I appreciate the body of organizers that have deemed this long overdue reception for our father, uncle and buddy. I see this event as a benchmark for others deserving of a true community based honor like the great Benin National Merit Award being bestowed by Benin Patriots on the All Progressives Congress national chairman, and the 1st Executive Governor of Edo State – Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.

The recipient is indeed a mentor, as we were quite close when he was the chairman of South South People’s Assembly. His diplomatic disposition contributed in no small measure to the achievements we recorded in our drive for an egalitarian society for Niger Deltans and Nigeria as a whole

I felicitate all lovers of exemplary character who  graced this historic meeting. The celebrant is very dear to Edo people, Niger Deltans and Nigerians at large. He has my prayers and those of my supporters across Nigeria. Continue to soar like the very Eagle that you are!  Congratulations.

Chief Richard Lamai.

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