Ex-governor of Delta State, Chief Felix Ibru, died over the weekend at the age of 80 years. He governed Delta State after Fred Aghogho Brume, from 2 January 1992 to 17 November 1993, making him the first democratically elected governor of the state after which he was succeeded by Adego Erhiawarie Eferakeya. Felix Ibru was also a Senator for Delta Central between May 2003 and May 2007 as well as the President-General of the Urhobo Progressive Union from 2007 to 2010.
Ibru was born on 7 December 1935 at Agbarha-Otor in the Ughelli North local government area of Delta State and was the second of seven children. His brother Michael Ibru is the founder of the Ibru Organization, a major conglomerate in Nigeria. Felix attended Yaba Methodist School, and later Igbobi College where he first exhibited his leadership skills as the was Head Boy in 1955. After his secondary school education at Igbobi College, Ibru proceeded to the Nottingham School of Architecture in England where he graduated as an architect.
As a student in Nottingham, he went into politics fully and was elected the first Black President of the British Council with responsibility for Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire. This led him to the presence of Queen Elizabeth II and his Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace in 1960.
Felix Ibru returned to Nigeria in 1963 and was appointed the first resident Lecturer in Architecture at the Yaba College of Technology, by the Federal Ministry of Education as. In 2003, he was elected into the Senate under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, however, he served for only one term. Unfortunately, Felix Ibru left his wife, 6 children and 2 grandchildren, when he embraced the cold arms of death on Saturday 12 March 2016. Although the cause of his death remains unknown, he lived a happy and fulfilled life.
May His Soul Rest In Peace!