Thursday, 28 July 2016
Governor Okowa pays last respect to Late Stephen Keshi.
The burial activities of late Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi was held today July 28, at the St Paul’s Catholic Church Benin and the Delta state Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has urged members of the late coach to take solace in the fact that he lived a good life.
Okowa made the call on Wednesday, July 27, when he led members of the state’s executive council and other top government officials to Keshi’s residence at Illah, Oshimili North local government area of the state to condole his family. The governor and his team were received by the late Stephen Keshi’s children, led by Jennifer, his elder brother, Mr Sylvester Keshi, traditional chiefs, among others.
Speaking to the bereaved family, the governor said: “I am here with members of the state executive council, members of House of Representatives and the state House of Assembly to pay our condolences, I do know that the death of a loved one is very painful.
Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa; Mr. Sylvester Keshi and Mrs. Agnes Ofuonye, during the Governor’s Condolence Visit to the Family Late Stephen Keshi, at Illah, Delta State.“Stephen Keshi made his mark not only as a footballer but as a coach, he lived a good life, but, we cannot query God,” Governor Okowa said. “Continue to rely on God because, only God can be faithful. Your father lived a good life and he contributed his quota to the development of Nigeria, he was one of our own,” he added. He assured the family members that Stephen Keshi’s name would be immortalized. While disclosing that he was aware of the re-naming of Asaba Township Stadium after the deceased ace footballer who won laurels for the country as the Captain of the Super Eagles and as Coach of the national team, Senator Okowa said the financial situation rocking the country has affected the progress of work at the stadium.
He appealed to the family to be peaceful throughout the burial ceremony, stating that “a befitting burial is when it is peaceful and acceptable to Almighty God, it is not about doing things elaborately.” Both Jennifer Keshi and Sylvester Keshi who spoke at the occasion thanked Governor Okowa and the government of Delta state for contributing towards a successful burial ceremony. Miss Keshi emphatically bemoaned lack of keeping to promises made to her late father by the federal government and his associates. The remains of late Keshi will be interred on Friday, July 29 at his residence in Illah, Delta state.