It was an outpouring of encomiums as Priests, Catholic community of Iviukwe and residents including that of other communities of Weppa and Uwanno kingdoms, Edo state eulogised the good legacies of late Peter Itsibor during burial ceremony for the father of LEADERSHIP Newspapers’ chief correspondent, Mark Itsibor.
At a funeral mass for the late Itsibor, parish priest of Saint Mary Catholic church in Iviukwe, Rev. Fr. Mark Akhibi, called on his parishioners and visitors, who thronged the church to honour late Pa Itsibor to learn from his selfless lifestyle, humility and service to God and humanity.
Father Akhibi said, “Itsibor was a devout Christian, always punctual at mass and other church activities. He served God with humility. Itsibor was not arrogant, always willing to give a helping hand.”
Also, Rev. Fr. Innocent Asamah of St. Philomena Parish, Upland, Agenebode said late Itsibor was an epitome of true Christianity, honesty and humility. Asamah said Itsibor’s memory will surely be a blessing, while urging his family to keep to their Catholic faith.
Mr Itsibor was a Musician, Carpenter and farmer. He died on May 25, 2021 after a brief illness at 9:27am barely 2 years and two months after the death of his wife, Agnes Itsibor, who died in December of 2018.
He was buried on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at the church’s cementary in Iviukwe.
Mascot Sunday Itsibor, who is the first son of late Itsibor, described his father’s death as a big fish taken out of an ocean.
“My dad was a disciplinarian and a model to parenthood and to our generation. He was an inspiration to my way of life today. He will be missed by us the children and the entire Iviemosi kindred. Rest on dad,” he said.
On his part, LEADERSHIP Newspapers’ Mark Itsibor described his father as a mentor, friend and confidant. Although Itsibor died at 72, the journalist said his father’s death was sudden, stating, “he could have stayed longer. He was not just a father, but a friend to me. We had closed ties. He advised me and always urged me to be strong in my Catholic faith and never miss my prayers.”
Among those who were at the events lined up for his burial was Barrister Sani Kanabe, who expressed shock over his demise, saying the late Itsibor would be surely missed.
“His death has created a big vacuum that only God can fill. Baba stood for peace all his life. He lived for others and worked hard to give the best he could, including education to his children. We loved him and pray God grant him eternal rest,” he said.
Rev Sister Josephine Nwosu from Sisters’ Training House in Iviukwe said late Itsibor was a father to all and was a devout Christian. She said everyone needs to emulates the ideals of the Late Itsibor.