THE NOVELTY POLO MATCH IN HONOR OF MY FATHER: MY SPEECH AT THE EVENT

“I have always dreamed about climbing the horse but I never found the courage to do so, and indeed I actually feared doing that. But on a day that the Port Harcourt Polo Club chose to honor my father, High Chief (Dr.) O. B. Lulu-Briggs, I found the courage finally and the opportunity to mount the horse.”
“I thank the Port Harcourt Polo Club for this wonderful honor; not just having named the building after my father, they have also decided to give him double immortalization by renaming the Governor’s cup after him.”
“I’m very excited today; on the next horse with me is a very close friend, a colleague, and major partner in the oil industry, ChuChu (Engr. Chukwudi Dimkpa). I see old friends, members of the public, and people who love Port Harcourt here, and it’s really a moment to cherish and keep throughout life. I thank Port Harcourt Polo Club for the great honor.”
It was indeed a great day that will stay in memory forever. God bless Rivers State.

Out reach to the Widows

Again yesterday God gave me the privilege to reach out to the Widows and Elderly in Abonnema.
Knowing how challenging it can be in experiencing press in an event with such multitude of people as it was during the one-week-long celebration of my father’s funeral, I understood that these ones may not have had the feel of the celebration as they may have ought to. You know, it was a celebration that has the right of everyone, and no one ought to be denied of that right. It was a celebration that gave way to saying to the departed, thank you for all the good deeds done us. Why should any be denied of such privilege, no matter how?
It was in this direction I had to reach out to the widows and the elderly. I cannot deny them that right, but have to oblige them that honour in gifting them with Provisions, Food items, Wrappers, and Cash. That through this, they also may have the feel of the celebration and be satisfied that indeed they were part of it all. They are our responsibility, they are the reason God has brought us thus far and well, and it’s our duty to fulfill God’s purpose concerning them, we cannot be tired of such well doing, we can’t.

I, therefore, give God all the Glory for using us to reach out to these ones. Most importantly, the Prayers rendered by them were indeed overwhelming, I was touched and humbled to the marrow, and I say Amen to them all.

Thanks to God

I give thanks to God for the success of my father’s burial and I am very grateful to everyone from all over the world who one way or another made the burial a success.
There were a lot of talks before we even started, and of course there were also a lot of prayers. The story of the family was everywhere and it looked like it was never going to happen. Remember, our father past on at least some two years and few months ago and we just buried him on the 13th of March. So it seemed impossible. It looked like there was a lot of crisis in the family and we couldn’t put the finger on what was going on. But when you know how to pray and invite God into all your affairs, His grace and mercy shall always be sufficient. And that was sufficient, we were able to give our father a befitting passage.
I will of course express my gratitude to everyone in a more elaborate and comprehensive manner but while that waits let me use this medium to say thank you to my beloved Abonnema people, my respected Chiefs, my dear family members; women, men, young boys and girls who all through the weeks participated in all the cultural and customary activities to mark the glorious passing of our beloved Opuda. May God bless you immensely.
I will remain ever grateful to the First Family, His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari and his beloved wife Her Excellency Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari who was represented by the wife of my good friend and brother the former Governor of Bayelsa State and current Minister of state for petroleum, His Excellency Timi Sylva; to the former president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and his loving wife Dame Patience Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and to the ever vibrant Governor of our loving Rivers State, His Excellency Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and members of his Cabinet and other government officials who accompanied him to honor my father.
Thank you to all the clergymen, members of the bar, political leaders, elder statesmen, Royal Highnesses, the media, the general public and of course members of the Central Burial Committee who put in their very best to ensure that we achieved success.
May God bless everyone in Jesus name.

Serving Humanity

In our commitment to serving humanity, we must not forget our elders. We must endeavor to put smiles on the faces of the elderly men and women who are forerunners in the journey of life and have blessed us with wisdom to live through the challenges.
Providing assistance for the elderly within and outside Kalabari Kingdom is my Father’s custom and I am happy to honor him by earnestly striving to continue his legacy in this respect. I thank God Almighty for yet another opportunity to carry out his assignment; for His abundance of blessings and for providing the will and the grace to fulfill the task today.
God bless our mothers and fathers!

Hon. Harold Briggs

Today I joined my family, relatives and Chiefs in Abonnema, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area and in Port Harcourt town to solemnly pay last respect to my brother, Late Hon. Harold Briggs and to commiserate with the family of Late Madam Elekima George who was today buried in Buguma Town, Asari-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State. Ma Elekima passed on at the ripe age of 96 to the glory of God.
It is however painful that Harold Briggs died very untimely at the age of 48, but as a people of faith, we leave all to the unfailing wisdom of God Almighty. I sincerely wish their respective immediate families a full emotional healing and speedy relief as they struggle to come to terms with the reality of the deceased’s irreversible absence in their daily lives. May their souls rest in perfect peace.

I FEEL HONOURED

It was very solemn.
Today, without formal ceremonies or celebrations, the Young Briggs House of Abonnema placed me on the century-old Young Briggs stool and presented me to the Oruwari War Canoe House of Abonnema as the Ini-ikeiroari VI. My presentation to the Abonnema Council of Chiefs shall take place soon by the grace of God. The formal ceremonies shall also take place after we have laid my father, the Ini-ikeiroari V, and Paramount Head of the Oruwari War Canoe House of Abonnema to rest early next year. A date shall be announced soon. By the special grace of God, the process of uniting the Oruwari House and Abonnema in general has started in earnest.
I am grateful to God for his enduring grace and blessings. And I am delightedly thankful to my family Chiefs, men, women, and youths who have demonstrated their invaluable confidence in me. I pray for God’s divine wisdom and mercy as I commit myself earnestly to the task of offering sincere and productive leadership for the good of my people, to the service of mankind, and to the glory of God.

DLB Empowerment Program.

In fulfillment of my family’s resolve to honor the memory of our late father by empowering a good number of men, women, and youths from my family; the Oruwari family in Abonnema and my father’s Grand maternal home; the Pepple’s Family in Buguma, we made donations to support individuals from the Pepple’s family in Buguma who have skills and business ideas in order for them to actualize their individual dreams.
I and my brothers do appreciate the wonderful support we constantly receive from our beloved brothers, sisters, fathers, and mothers in Buguma. I also congratulate the family chiefs for their ceaseless wise counsels and their shown ability in coordinating the affairs of the family.
May God bless the Pepple’s family and all those who benefitted from the empowerment program.

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