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Legogie buried amid eulogies

21 July 2013, 09:30

Ekperi - The remains of former Deputy President of the Senate in the second republic, Senator Albert Legogie who died in Benin City on June 17, have been buried.

He was buried at the Ekperi community cemetery amid tears after a funeral service at the Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ugbekpe-Ekperi in Estako Central Local Government Area of Edo.

The Bishop of Auchi Diocese, Most Rev. Gabriel Dunia in his homily, urged the congregation to live their lives to the glory of God.

According to Dunia, pure heart determines where one goes after life.

Senate President, David Mark, who was represented by Minority Leader of the Senate, George Akume, described Legogie as a courageous and patriotic Nigerian who served at a difficult time in the country.

Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha described Legogie as one of those who had courage to face the military.

"I met him in my younger days in politics. He was one man of courage. After the June 12 debacle, he was one of those Senators who insisted that the right things must be done.

"It was his courage that made it possible for him to be unanimously elected on the floor of the Senate.

"They operated under very difficult circumstances and managed to make some laws. He was an astute politician.

"If you want to plan an unreasonable thing, don't get Legogie involved. He will tell you his piece of mind; he will tell you that he is man of great passion.

"He died serving Nigeria well and Nigeria has come today to bury him.’’

Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo recalled how Legogie attempted to stop him from organising strike against fuel price during the military era.

He said Legogie advised that the strike was not necessary at that time because of the situation in the country.

Oshiomhole also said Logogie supported his aspiration to become governor.

"I told him I wanted him to coordinate my campaign. He believed I was not crazy. He accepted to coordinate my campaign. He took me to meet political actors one by one.

According to Oshiomhole, "where others saw danger, Legogie saw opportunity that can be overcome. He was the only Afenmai man that agreed to identify to a project that is hopeless. Our people were told that it was not our turn but others were wrong then and he was right. He was not a traitor. He stood by me where others were afraid.’’

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that there was no representation from the national or state hierarchy of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) where Legogie was once a member of its Board of Trustees

Legogie died during a brief illness.



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