The Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice of Rivers State, Emmanuel Aguma, who died in a London hospital, was laid to rest today, Saturday, September 15, 2018, in Port Harcourt, with political leaders from most parts of Nigeria.
The burial coincided with the new relevance of Port Harcourt as the political Mecca of Nigeria due to the fact that most persons who want favours in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) now rush to Por Harcourt. The Garden City is host to the strongest governor in the opposition hoping to overthrow the suling party in few months time, Gov Nyesom Wike, and the national chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus.
No passes without blarring sirens from convoys of one PDP presidential aspirant or the other. The likes of Abubakar Atiku frequents PH, not forgetting Bukola Saraki, Aminu Tambuwal, Bafawara, etc.
Government press department said despite the fact that the Aguma (SAN) sun set at noon, promiment Nigerians across political, social and economic divides gathered at the Saint Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, Port Harcourt for his solemn funeral service.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo and Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel honoured the Attorney-General of Rivers State with their presence.
Also present were Former Rivers State Governors, Peter Odili, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and Celestine Omehia. Former Senate President Iyorchia Ayu, Former Imo State Governor, Achike Udenwa, Senator Magnus Abe, National and State Assembly members were at the Church to comfort members of the bereaved Aguma family.
In a sermon, Archbishop of Anglican Province of Niger Delta, Most Rev. Tunde Adeleye urged all Nigerians to work towards living according to the desires of God in order to inherit eternal life.
Archbishop Adeleye prayed God to comfort the leaders of Rivers State, the family of Aguma and forestall such a painful untimely death.
In a funeral oration, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike noted that the Late Attorney-General of Rivers State was instrumental to the massive infrastructural development in the State Judiciary and the Bar.
He announced that the Rivers State Government will re-name the Judges Quarters after the Late Attorney-General of Rivers State when the facility is completed.
Governor Wike thanked the Aguma family for giving the Late Emmanuel Aguma (SAN) to the state for unparalleled service.
He stated that the State Government will not forget the Aguma family. The governor informed that to cement the relationship, the wife of Late Attorney-General of Rivers State will be drafted into the Rivers State Executive Council.
He said: “The Late Attorney-General of Rivers State was strong willed and he was loyal to the core. He was a man with character.
“His death is very painful. His service to the state will never be in vain. Having made sacrifices, the State will continue to honour him”.
Earlier on Saturday, the corpse of the Late Attorney-General of Rivers State was taken to the hall of Orogbum Community, Rebisi in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area where chiefs and leaders paid tribute to him and repeatedly fired traditional canons.
President General of Orogbum Community Council, Pastor Theophilus Akugbo said Aguma was a peace maker who brokered peace within Ogbum-Nu-Abali community over disputed land issue that threatened the peace of the area.
The remains were also taken to his family residence where family chiefs and elders paid their respects at the Obiri Oro-Ede.
The remains of the late Attorney-General of Rivers State, Emmanuel Chinwenwo Aguma (SAN) were laid to rest at his family home at Orogbum after graveside prayers and benediction.