The Deputy Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Friday Ossai Osanebi says the events of 18th May, 2005 lingers on in his memory.
Osanebi stated that it was the day his lovely and kind mother, Mrs Justina Osanebi transited to be with the Lord at the age of 59, leaving behind him and his siblings to morn her.
Speaking at the grave side of his mother in Beneku, Ndokwa East local government area, after laying of wreaths in her memory, the Deputy Speaker said “Oh 18th May, it is 14yrs today and I still find it hard to parse my feelings. I feel good, bad, grateful, deprived, strong, vulnerable, and a thousand other things. My memories, thoughts, beliefs, and assumptions about life and loss is all mixed up”.
Continuing he stressed “I am a paradox of opposite emotions, which is confusing but fine. Maybe I should just accept today, 14yrs later, that you are physically gone. Call me crazy but I refused to allow the news of your passing be, telling my self “Nne`Julie Oma lives”. Mum, psychologically you are everywhere! I thought time heals all wounds but this is laughable because practically, it just rolls in like a slow-motion tsunami and carries one off down the shore, simply creating a distance”.
“The grand children you seriously craved and prayed for are here and they ask after you like they heard your prayers back in the days. Mum you were home. It existed within you and now that you aren’t there all that is left is a house. You were a Pillar, Peace maker, Philanthropist and above all unique”, Osanebi eulogized.
The Deputy Speaker prayed God to continue to grant the soul of his mother and souls of other departed eternal rest.