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Sad! Wigwe Built Private Tomb Before US Helicopter Crash



The tragic passing of Herbert Wigwe, the esteemed former Group Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings Plc, alongside his wife, Chizoba, son, Chizi, and Abimbola Ogunbanjo, the former group chairman of the Nigerian Exchange Group Plc (NGX Group), has cast a sombre shadow across Nigeria.

Their untimely demise in a helicopter crash in the United States last month has left the nation in mourning.

The bereaved family last week announced the burial arrangements for these distinguished individuals, setting the stage for a heartfelt farewell.

Isiokpo, the hometown of the late business mogul, is undergoing significant transformations in preparation for the burial ceremony scheduled for Saturday, March 9, 2024.

The entire community is bustling with activity; roads are being refurbished, potholes filled, and the landscape beautified to honor Wigwe’s final return.

The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Isiokpo and the parish are receiving facelifts to accommodate the mourners who will gather to pay their respects.

The burial will take place amid extensive preparations, with several hectares of land being set aside for parking to manage the influx of guests expected from across the globe.

The efforts to prepare Isiokpo for this solemn occasion reflect the deep respect and affection the community holds for Wigwe, who was not only a towering figure in Nigeria’s business landscape but also a beloved son of the land.

Wigwe’s legacy includes the construction of a private mausoleum within the sprawling grounds of Wigwe International University, a testament to his foresight and meticulous planning.

The mausoleum, adorned with Italian Carrara marble and finished with foreign granite galaxy, stands as a majestic final resting place for the Wigwe family.

It features an inscription that embodies the strength and hope that Dr. Wigwe has left behind: “Do not grief, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

The university itself, a significant part of Wigwe’s legacy, showcases his commitment to local development and unity across diverse Nigerian communities.

With a workforce composition reflecting both local and national contributions, the institution is a symbol of Wigwe’s detribalized vision and philanthropic spirit.

A credible source who spoke with Vanguard said, “He built this private cemetery before he started the university. His house here has been designed to have a special gate and walls separated from the university. I can tell you that he had a big vision. Very good vision and he was making efforts to ensure that those visions came to a reality. But what I cannot tell you right now is whether those visions will still be achieved.

“It is only the owner of the vision that can implement his visions to the letter. I cannot say if those visions including the university will be accomplished in line with the dreams of the owner of the vision”.

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

The daughter of Arise News Managing Editor, Christian Ogodo, was among graduands who bagged various degrees from the prestigious Havard University in the United States.

Oghenetega Steffi Eberechukwu Ogodo, was conferred with a masters degree in Urban Planning of the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University on 23rd May, 2024.

Tega was also a Bloemberg Leadership Fellow, who did her industrial training with the Rochester City Council in New York, while her field work had the theme: “People must feed,” postulating that there must be decent and nutritious food even for the downtrodden people in society.

Tega is a graduate of the University of Lagos with a Second Class Honours [Upper Division] from the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, majoring in Urban and Regional Planning.

She is the daughter of Nigeria’s foremost News Anchor on Arise News on WEEKEND NEWSNIGHT, Christian Ogodo, who is the Managing Editor of Arise News Media Group.

She is currently working with an engineering consulting firm in Chicago that specialises in logistics.

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National Anthem: Nigeria switches from fatherland to motherland



By Francesca Hangeior

The Federal Republic of Nigeria, today, officially reverted to the National Anthem that heralded its independence as a sovereign Nation.

President Bola Tinubu, after he met a joint session of the National Assembly, signed into law, the adoption of the old National Anthem, “Nigeria, We Hail Thee.”

“Nigeria, We Hail Thee” was adopted as Nigeria’s first national anthem on October 1, 1960.

The anthem’s lyrics were written by Lillian Jean Williams, a British expatriate who lived in Nigeria when it achieved independence.

Frances Berda composed the music for “Nigeria, We Hail Thee.”

However, the second national anthem, “Arise, O Compatriots,” was adopted in 1978.

The lyrics of the now jettisoned anthem were a combination of words and phrases taken from five of the best entries in a national contest.

The words were put to music by the Nigerian Police Band under the directorship of Benedict P. Odiase (1934–2013).

The Nigerian national anthem lyrics were created by five people: P. O. Aderibigbe, John A. Ilechukwu, Dr. Sota Omoigui, Eme tim Akpan and B.A. Ogunnaike.

With the return to the old anthem, Nigeria officially switched from a ‘Fatherland’ to a ‘Motherland’.

Hereunder are the Three Stanzas of the old but now new National Anthem:

1. Nigeria we hail thee,
Our own dear native land,
Though tribe and tongue may differ,
In brotherhood we stand,
Nigerians all, and proud to serve
Our sovereign Motherland.

2. Our flag shall be a symbol
That truth and justice reign,
In peace or battle honour’d,
And this we count as gain,
To hand on to our children
A banner without stain.

3. O God of all creation,
Grant this our one request,
Help us to build a nation
Where no man is oppressed,
And so with peace and plenty
Nigeria may be blessed.

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BREAKING! Tinubu extends Abuja free train ride for six months



President Bola Tinubu has approved the extension of free train rides on the Abuja Rail Mass Transit, also called the Metro Rail, for the next six months until the end of the year.

The FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, had announced free train rides for two months, to ease the burden of commuting for residents of the FCT.

Tinubu gave the approval during his address at the inauguration of the commencement of operations of the Abuja metro rail in Abuja on Wednesday, May 29.

The president appealed for the extension to offer hope to the people of the FCT and give them reasons to celebrate.

“Our dear landlord and his team, I heard you saying two months free ride. I appeal to you to make it till the end of the year. Since today you’re not going to charge me, that will give the people hope and reasons to celebrate,” Tinubu said.

Details shortly…

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