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Dr. Peter Odili @ 71 - TheCityPulseNews.com
Though former Governor of Rivers State, Dr Peter Odili, would rather that August 15 went by just like any other day, his immense contributions to humanity, his state and Nigeria in general have inevitably made him a gold fish with no hiding place, Davidson Iriekpen writes Former Governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, turned 71 yesterday. Typically, he would have wished no one noticed that, given his self-effacing nature. That wish, however, hardly ever gets fulfilled. His professional accomplishments, political clout and humanitarian inclination mean he cannot possibly have a quiet birthday, no matter how he longs for it. But, indeed, Odili has ample reasons to celebrate, for his life has been strewn with God’s abundant grace and mercies. The years he has spent on earth have been eventful and full of achievements that many, including his peers, can only dream of. The former governor’s philanthropic imprints are legendary. The number of persons he helped; the school fees he has paid; the hospital bills and house rents he assists in paying; the land, community disputes he helped resolve and the broken homes he salvaged, are mere minuscule glimpses of his philanthropy. Odili may have been quiet for a while, …