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Monarch, Village Head, Relative Mourn Him

Posted: Jun 9, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Felix Igbekoyi
Asaba – HRM Obi Akazue Gbemudu II, the Ogbeleani of Illah, has expressed his shock and sadness over Keshi’s death when Independent Newspapers visited the Keshi’s family House at Ukpologu village, Illah, Oshimili Local Government Area of Delta.
The entire Illah Community and the family on Wednesday also mourned the exit of the football legend, Stephen Keshi.
The Obi of Illah, represented by Mr Joseph Uzoma Nwabueze, Personal Assistant to the monarch said that the news of Keshi;s death came as a surprise and shocking.
“We could not believe it because we never heard that he was sick anytime but to suddenly hear this morning that Keshi is no more.
“It is unfortunate and very painful that such a young man can die in his prime when the people and the community were looking up to him to impact them and attract development to the community.
“We cannot query God who decided to take him now, but it’s a great loss to Illah, Delta, Nigeria and the world, though he is no longer the coach of Supper Eagles but we could have reached for his advice because of his experience,” Gbemudu II said.
He described as cruel the death of Keshi, saying that this was the time the people were looking up to Keshi to positively impact youths and lift those interested in sports to the peak but unfortunately he died with these dreams.
The monarch prayed God to give the immediate family, Illah youths, Deltans and indeed all football lovers and Nigerians fortitude to bear the loss.
Corroborating, Mr Ogugua Enwemaya, the Acting Head of Ukpologu Village, who lamented the death of the football legend, said that the news filtered in this morning and the people received with grief in their hearts.
“I was surprised, astonished hearing such sad news this morning, we don’t know what to do yet until my people who went to the farm returns.
“As you know our occupation is farming, so, majority of our people had gone to the farm very early this morning before the news came but when they return we shall hold a meeting and decide on what to do.
“Keshi is my son in this community, it pains us a lot because we have lost a real world figure, but since God decided to call him now, we cannot make any other appeal,” he said.
On her part, Mrs Christiana Madaka, a wife in the extended family of Keshi, said death was cruel, adding that he should have lived to bring development to Illah.
“We heard the news of his death this morning from the radio and later Stephen’s elder brother, Sylvester Keshi called on phone from Lagos this morning to inform us and the villagers that Stephen died.
“We heard that he died at about 2 a.m this morning and we received the news with shock and sadness because Stephen died in his prime.
“As a brother in-law, he was good but I had thought that he would have lived to impact the family and the community more, but unfortunately he is cut down in his prime,” she said.