RE: HIGH CHIEF O. B. LULU-BRIGGS
I have maintained silence and decorum through this trying times of the Lulu-Briggs family for one reason: The man, High Chief O.B Lulu-Briggs loved his dear wife, Seinye no less than his beloved son, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs. He gave his wife the highest honor any man could give his wife in Kalabari land (the iyaa marriage) and he also made his son (Dumo) the chief of his house, so when the man passed on and issues began to arise between wife and son it was only reasonable for those of us who have become associated with the family to be neutral and wish the issues are resolved amicably and everyone reconciled to bring peace to this blessed family.
So many people have called me and some visited me seeking my opinion on the issues, I have also received calls and numerous messages from madam Sienye’s camp explaining their position maybe because of my close affinity with Dumo and I’ve always remained neutral in the interest of peace. One thing I’ve always asked myself is “how would Opuda himself want this matter resolved” and the answer has always been my reason for not taking sides even in the face of the obvious provocation from a certain Oraye St.Frankline who curiously has been in the media doing everything humanly possible to disparage my bother and friend Dumo and escalating the matter to ungodly heights. My silence was also fuelled by the maturity exhibited by Dumo himself, he has maintained self restraint and kept a level head through the period.
Now its time to talk because one year is enough for a family to resolve whatever issues confronting them leading to the continued disrespect and dishonor of the memories of a good man who did nothing wrong but poured himself out as a sacrifice to bring happiness to millions including yours truly through his son.
My beloved brother and friend (Dumo) has had to suffer the indignity of having to come in the media to explain the issues and appeal to the general public to compel his step mother to release his father’s mortal remains to be given a burial befitting of a man of that stature which to me is a reasonable appeal, I mean we all knows that the love of our loved ones always compels us to honor them even in death and that’s all that matters now.
To this end I join Dumo and millions of Rivers people and the governor of Rivers State including many outside Rivers State within and outside Nigeria who have been positively impacts by this great soul to beg Mrs Sienye Lulu-Briggs to release the mortal remains of High Chief Olu Benson Lulu-Briggs OON to his family (sons and chiefs) for burial in accordance with the customs and traditions of the Kalabari kingdom of Rivers State. Nigeria.
Eugene Odey Esq