President Bola Tinubu said he received the news of the passing of the Asagba of Asaba, His Royal Majesty, Obi Joseph Chike Edozien (CFR), with deep sadness.

The president, however, extended his condolence with the family, Delta State Traditional Rulers’ Council, the government, and the people of the state on this painful loss.

The president, who condoled through his media aide, Ajuri Ngelale on Thursday, celebrated the impactful life of the late monarch and eminent professor of medicine, acknowledging his advocacy for peaceful co-existence among Nigerians and inimitable role in forging partnerships across divides.

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“His Majesty lived a full life defined by the loftiest ideals of peace, unity, patriotism, honesty, and dignity. This is a sad loss, coming at a time when Nigeria needs more peace-builders and bridge-builders,” the President stated.

He prayed for the peaceful repose of the beloved departed, urging the Royal Family and all those who mourn this gaping loss to take solace in the legacies of His Royal Majesty.