Pa Aliyu Omokide, father of Arik Air’s receiver-manager, has died.
He was aged 87 years.
The late patriarch of the Omokide family, Alhaji Aliyu, according to the family, passed on Friday, February 26, 2021.
The family said: “With gratitude to God for a very fulfilled life, the family of Omokide announces the passage of our patriarch, grand father, father and husband, Alhaji Aliu Omokide who went to the great beyond on Friday 26, 2021 at the age of 87.
“Alhaji Omokide hails from the Igarra community of Edo state and was a political colossus who served his people meritoriously and selflessnessly when he was a member of the house of assembly in the defunct Bendel State (1979-83).
“During his tenure he offered quality representation to his constituency and assisted in laying a solid foundation for infrastructural and educational development of his people.
“He also cherished his religion., and preached non-violence, while respecting both major religions. He was Secretary to Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board for many years.
“Already tributes and condolence messages have been pouring in.”
Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Ikanade Agba, mourned the late Omokide, describing him, in a tribute, as an iconic legislator.
According to Agba: “I received with shock the death of Alhaji (Hon.) Aliyu Omokhide, an exemplary two-time honourable
member of the defunct Bendel State House of Assembly.
“The late Omokhide was a
pragmatic, seasoned, and thorough-bred lawmaker who contributed immensely to the overall development
of his constituency and the then Bendel state as a whole through his various
people-oriented bills and motions.
“Hon. Omokhide was a very committed and patriotic lawmaker and died when his services to the state and nation were still most needed.
“He gave his best throughout his life and times especially in public service to his people whom he loved so
championed their cause with unparalleled courage
“My heart goes out to his immediate family, the people of Igarra and Akoko Edo
Local Government Area over this great loss.
“I pray God Almighty to give them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. We
will sorely miss him.”
His Royal Highness, Oba Okhishimede Eshimokhai Idogu III, JP, OON, the Olokpe of Okpe Kingdom in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area, Edo State, South-South Nigeria extolled the late Alhaji Aliyu Omokide for his unparalleled selfless service for humanity.
He described the late Omokide as a development legend who brought a great deal of infrastructure illumination not only to his land of nativity, Igarra, but the entire Akoko-Edo.
“The quality representation which late Alhaji Aliyu Omokide offered his people during his hey days as a honourable member of the defunct Bendel State House of Assembly is eternally evergreen and difficult to forget,” he wrote.
Taiwo Akerele, the past Chief of Staff to the Edo State government said: “This man believes in selfless service to humanity and not how much he can grab into his pocket. He is a role model and I am happy to be associated with his legacy and his personality. Indeed, a good name is better than so-called riches and billions without sense of humanity.”
In attendance at the burial were the former speaker of Edo state, Kabiru Adjoto and Steve Dania a special adviser to the Governor of Edo State.
“We are grateful to God for the impact and legacy he left behind in the family, the Igarra community and the state at large,” the family said.
He is survived by wives, children, in laws and grand children. One of his children is Kamilu Omikide of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), who is the Receiver Manager of Arik Air.