Dignitaries Bid Raymond Dokpesi Goodbye at Day of Tributes

Dignitaries Bid Raymond Dokpesi Goodbye at Day of Tributes

It was indeed a day of tribute to the big fallen elephant of the media industry in Nigeria with a good number of the movers and shakers of Nigeria, particularly politicians, Union leaders and associates who came to the International Conference Center (ICC),Abuja to honour High Chief Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi, showering encomiums for his numerous

It was indeed a day of tribute to the big fallen elephant of the media industry in Nigeria with a good number of the movers and shakers of Nigeria, particularly politicians, Union leaders and associates who came to the International Conference Center (ICC),Abuja to honour High Chief Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi, showering encomiums for his numerous contributions.

For former military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Kanu Again, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola – former governor of Osun state the late Dokpesi was “a good man”.

Former President Jonathan who flew into the country from South Africa to pay his respect to the departed media mogul said :”I came not to mourn but to celebrate a good man”. His position resonated with the recorded tribute of General Babangida which was played at the ceremony. He said:” His death came to me as a great shock. The country has lost an illustrious son. He was a very good man”.

Chief Agabi’s tribute was directed at Dr. Dokpesi. His words:” You lacked nothing but you shared whatever you had with the less privileged. You were a good man. You were a patriot. You died working. You pleaded our cause before the political class. You were humble and benevolent. You gave hope to many. You knew when to take a stand.

Former Minister of Information and Culture, Prof. Jerry Gana who noted that Dr Dokpesi always surpassed his expectations observed that the departed High Chief was “a patriot of enormous nature. A celebrated pathfinder in the media world… always willing to deploy his resources. He was peace loving and compassionate. He believed in the power of ideas. He was a great man. He was an accomplished man”.

“He was a good man with the heart of gold”, was the side the former governor of Osun state ,Prince Oyinlola viewed the falling elephant . He narrated how High Chief Dokpesi gave his government in 2010 one hour free airtime to showcase his achievement adding that when he was out of power and his successor probed him, late High Chief Dokpesi mobilized a team that covered his testimony that lasted for over six hours.

Chief Bode George narrated how Dr. Dokpesi visited him in the ‘Special School of Training ‘ – Kiridiri prisons and asked him when he would be living the facility. He said the late media Chief arrange a media coverage for him right from Kirikiri Prisons to the Church and his house where he had a reception. ” I did not pay a penny. It was six hours free coverage”.

Chief George called on the leadership of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) to name the party’s Conference Center after Dr. Dokpesi.

Former Ekiti state Deputy Governor, Senator Biodun Olujimi described the late media entrepreneur like this :” He was very courageous. He was down to earth. He was down – to – earth. He stood in the gap for many of us”.

Presidential candidate of the Labour Party ( LP) in the 25 February presidential election, Mr. Peter Obi said Dr. Dokpesi :” was a wonderful man. I don’t know him as a politician but an entrepreneur. He dreamt great dreams”.

Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar said the departed soul “enjoyed life to the fullest. If he had and regret, it will be that the Nigeria of his dream was never achieved”.

According to him, his friendship and partnership with Dr. Dokpesi lasted for over 40 years stressing that he was loyal, caring and a committed friend.

Former Governor of Rivers state, Dr. Peter Odili in his recorded tribute that was played described him as: “brilliant, committed, true to his word, reliable, dependable, passionate and not afraid to take a stand”.

Senator Ben Ndiobi, Chairman, National Burial Committee and Moderator of the Day of Tribute had in a recorded tribute played at the occasion described Dr. Dokpesi as a bridge between the old and new generation ‘because he mingles’.

Representative of the Bamanga Tukur family, Alhaji Awal Tukur, Adamawa state Secretary to the state government noted that Dr. Dokpesi came, saw and conquered adding: “he lived big, everything he touched was big. He has touched generations”.

To Senator Adolphus Wabara who spoke on behalf of the Board of Trustees of PDP, Dr. Dokpesi was: “a revolutionary and a humanist. He died for a purpose. He got to the peak of everything he did”.

Former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki said: ” he has made a lot of sacrifice for our country, we should continue to appreciate what he has done”. Ambassador Nkoyo Toyo described Dr Dokpesi as: ” a great moulder and inspiratory of women in Nigeria. He defended women and spoke for us”.

Dr. Dokpesi, according to Prof. Mike Ozekhome SAN looked at death eyeball to eyeball and called the bluff of death. He described him as a big Iroko tree that allowed all birds to perch on it and other animals hide under it. “Apart from Awo, Zik and Ojukwu none was celebrated like this” he observed.

Dr. Okwesiliezi Nwodo who spoke on behalf of Ohanaeze Ndigbo said Dr. Dokpesi was the best PDP Chairman the party never had. Senator Adams Oshiomhole recalled how the late media guru dedicated an hour or two to cover the activities of trade unions and always gave Labour love coverage during labour day.

He said even though he was not a PDP governor, Dr. Dokpesi compelled his media outfit to give him free coverage during his campaign for a second term.

Governor of Edo state, Mr. Godwin Obaseki described High Chief Dokpesi as a worthy ambassador of Edo state. “He was committed to fairness, justice and strongly believe that Nigeria had a right to be informed and entertained”, he said.

Mr Tony Akiotu Chief Executive Officer/Group Managing Director of DAAR Communication promised that even with the passing on to glory of Dr. Dokpesi, DAAR will get stronger and better. With the support of the Board, we’ll get stronger.

Ovieozomo Chief Raymond Paul Dokpesi, son of the deceased described his father as a friend to all. ” His constituency was universal. He meant so much to me in different ways. He made all of us, his children, to feel special”.

Dr. Dokpesi’s sister, Mrs Justina Okoh who said the deceased was the only male child of his mother’s seven children said as a child he was always helping their mother with house chores and in her business.

According to her, her late brother started to show interest in politics early in life because he would go to rich neighbour’s houses to watch television and come back home to tell his siblings what was happening in the country.

“He was kind. He loved his siblings greatly”, she stressed.

Two of his children, Anuoluwapo and Halima Dokpesi said their late father loved and rewarded excellence in their academic pursuit. “He was tough on us. He taught us doggedness, toughness”, stressing that the late Dr. Dokpesi was enjoyment officer ,” he would force us to dance King Sunny Ade dance”.

His grand children recited a poem to show the unity in the family.

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