In life and indeed in everything, forget the razzmatazz and focus on the fundamentals
These were the last words I heard from late Chief Second Benikurukuru ( JP), the Mietongha of Iduwini Kingdom before his death. On that day, we had lunch together and an interesting get-together, where he spoke on life and work. His death came as a shock and thus disrupted everything, hence this tribute.
Second Benikurukuru’s life in general, his family life especially, was peaceful because he took care of the fundamentals. In our current world, we are constantly bamboozled with lots of noise, with competing interests, societal pressures, misplacement of priorities etc. All this makes it extremely difficult to attain peace. Either exteriorly or interiorly, because of this difficulty, many choose to believe that it’s not possible to achieve it. But the truth is that deep down many people both the poor and the rich desperately yearn for peace but they are searching in the wrong places. Peace cannot be paid for or ordered from any mall, it is a fruit of close union with God, who is the King of peace. Indeed it is gift of God to man. In John 14:27, Jesus told his apostles “peace I leave you with, my peace I give you not as the world gives do I give” This peace is so important that in Matthew 10:12-24, he charged his disciples saying, “when you enter any house, they should salute it and if it is worthy let their peace come upon it”.
His death still remains a shock; In fact, most people in Iduwini Kingdom and indeed Ijaw nation have hung their rackets, either as a sign of mourning or superstitious fear that they could be next. Whatever be the case, it’s undeniable that we are still in disbelief.
Your 9 years departure to the world beyond still remains a monumental loss to us as a people, we will continue to miss you. Rest on our dear leader.
Amb Chief Evans Etimigba (JP), The Fungewei Of Iduwini Kingdom, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State Writes From Warri.