Aaron James Ocholi, son of the late Minister of State for Labour and Employment, James Ocholi, said yesterday that the four children left behind by the late Minister will strive to fulfil their parentsâ€™ dream for them.
In a brief emotional remark when Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, visited the family, Aaron said though they missed their parents greatly, they were not hopeless.
He said: â€œWe are not hopeless; we are really
proud of the man he was. Weâ€™ll continue to pray
to God to comfort us. We will not feel dejected. We will strive to
become in life what he always wanted us to
be and taught us to be. The First Lady also came here yesterday and assured us we are not alone.â€
He expressed the gratitude of the family, particularly his siblings, to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Vice President and the nation for their show of love since the death of their parents and brother.
Addressing the children, Prof. Osinbajo described the late Ocholi as a committed Christian and patriot who was always ready to make a sacrifice for the course he believed in.
The Vice President, who arrived at the No 4 Dagash Street
residence of the late Minister at 4:45pm, said:
â€œWe have lost someone we held in high esteem who
was well respected. It is unfortunate that this
Osinbajo recalled the late Ocholiâ€™s role in
the formation of the All Progressives Congress (APC), accepting to
take the position of Deputy National Legal Adviser even when the
National Legal Adviser was not a
He said such sacrifice and humility will not be in vain. â€œIt is incredible that this happened. You really have to seek Godâ€™s comfort,â€ he told the family.
Signing the condolence register, the Vice President wrote: â€œMy brother learned and spiritual, your memorial will live on and will be source of pride and joy to us all. May the Lord comfort these young children and give us cause to rejoice in them, Amen.â€
The National Working Committee of the APC held a valedictory session in honor of the late Minister who was praised for his sacrifice towards the partyâ€™s formation.
Acting National Chairman Segun Oni who presided over the session directed that all flags at the partyâ€™s national secretariat be flown at half mast for the next three days in honour of the late Ocholi.
Oni said: â€œAll we can do is to surrender to the will of God. Those who have come across James Ocholi should take one or two lesson from him. He was driven more by service. He took every opportunity for service without considering what will come out of it.
â€œHe was the only member of Federal Executive Council who visited the secretariat frequently. Sometimes, he will meet us in a meeting and he will advise us on the legal implications of some of the decisions we were taking.
â€œHe was always willing to give and was
passionate about the party. If we can have a few more people to
contribute like him, Nigeria will be much better for all of us. All
we can do is to pray that God will
console and condole the family he left behind.
â€œHe gave a good example of what Christians should do generally. I Pray God stand in the gap for his family. I wish, as Nigerians, we will have no reason to sorrow over our stars again.
On behalf of the party, we send our condolences to the
President, the Vice President and all members of the Federal
Executive Council, the government and people of Kogi State through
the governor and to his
family. We pray God will abide with each of them and console all of us.â€
Other members of the NWC took time to eulogise the late Ocholi, concluding that the party has lost one of the most accessible ministers.
National Vice Chairman, South, Prince Hilliard Etta described
the late Ocholi as a â€œperfect
gentlemanâ€, saying â€œyou could smell
his humility miles awayâ€. â€œHe was
one of the most approachable ministers in the
cabinet,â€ he added.
APC National Secretary Mai Mala Buni said the late Ocholi lived a fulfilled life, describing him as a committed party member.
National Organising Secretary Osita Izunaso said most of the provisions in the partyâ€™s constitution were made possible by the late minister and recalled that he actually administered the oat of office on the NWC members.
The Deputy National Chairman, North, Senator Lawal Shuaibu,
pointed out that even though he was not a member of the
partyâ€™s executive, the late Ocholi was prepared
to offer his legal services to ensure that
the party was well represented in court.
â€œHe was always prepared to accept any kind of challenge. He once told me that if he had time, he would tell me how he survived after his parents died. We never sat to discuss that. He was always full of energy. Always ready to go about doing assignments given to him.â€
National Treasurer Bala Mohammed Gwagwarwa said: â€œThe late Ocholi was a great party man and a frontline agent of change. We lost a friend at a time he was needed most.â€
National Woman Leader Hajiya Ramatu Tijani Aliyu said: â€œWe lost an illustrious son who always stood for progressive ideas.â€
SOURCE: THE SUN