Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan at the weekend has described the late High Chief Olu Benson, Lulu-Briggs as a sophisticated personality, who supported the Nigerian political process, adding that, he (Lulu Briggs) played a key role in his rise in national politics.
Jonathan said this during the final burial of the philanthropist and business mogul in his Abonnema country home in Rivers State amid pomp and pageantry.
The deceased, who was the founder and Chairman of Moni Pulo Limited, an oil and gas company who died at 88 on December 27, 2018 in Ghana, was a man of many parts. He had a humble beginning but overcame every mind -brick of impossibility and became one of African’s foremost nationalist, who impacted on the development of the country.
The Forbes Magazine named him among Africa’s 40 richest men in 2012 with a net worth of $500 million. Former President Goodluck Jonathan, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, First Lady, Aisha Buhari, who was represented by wife of Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Alayingi Timipre Sylver, among several others, attended the burial ceremony in Abonnema.
Jonathan said: “I find it difficult to express myself when talking about Chief Lulu-Briggs. I knew him very well from 2007 when I got involved in national politics. When the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) nominated me as running mate to the late President Umaru Musa Yar’dua, I was looking for top politicians and respected leaders in the Niger Delta region to support the political process.”
Also speaking, Aisha Buhari who was represented by Mrs. Timipre Sylver, said the deceased was well known for his proficiency in the country’s oil and gas sector.