The remains of the late Sir Henry Boyo were on Friday interred at the Ebony Vaults in Ikoyi, Lagos State amid eulogies from Christian leaders, relatives, business associates and friends.
During the funeral service, which held at the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Diocese of Ikeja, Opebi District, the Bishop of the diocese, Rt. Rev. Stephen Adegbite, described the deceased, who died at 71, as a man of many parts that meant many things to different people.
In his sermon, the bishop drew his Bible lesson from the book of Ecclesiasticus 44: 1-15. He urged Christians to always believe in God and Jesus Christ, who overcame death and brought eternal life through His precious blood.
The service attracted dignitaries from all walks of life within and outside the country, including the wife of the late former Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme, Beatrice; Chairman/Publisher, The Guardian Newspapers, Maiden Ibru; Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief, Punch Nigeria Limited, Mr Ademola Osinubi; and Chairman/Publisher, Vanguard Media Limited, Sam Amuka-Pemu.
Others were the Managing Director, Overland Airways, Capt. Edward Boyo; Nollywood actress, Ego Boyo. Also in attendance were some of the deceased’s 1961-67 classmates at Igbobi College, Lagos, Mr Ebun Sofunde, Mr Gbolahan Ige, and Dr Ademola Osinuga, as well as his family members from Sapele and Warri in Delta State, among many others.
According to Adegbite, the late Boyo gave hope to many in despair and brought smile to the faces of those who desperately needed it.
While consoling his wife, Very Rev Magdalene Boyo, the bishop urged the children and loved ones to carry on from where he left to ensure that his legacies were sustained.
“Sir Henry Boyo was a man of many parts and he meant different things to different people. To ‘Mama Bishop’, our mother, Very Rev Magdalene Boyo, the children and grandchildren, the entire Boyo family, friends, and associates and, of course, the Church of God, especially the Methodist Cathedral of Peace and Excellence, Opebi, Ikeja and the Diocese of Ikeja at large, I say do not let your heart be troubled,” he said in his tribute.
The late Boyo’s childhood friend, Charles Hammond, said the deceased led a respectable life that was worth emulating by Nigerians.
He said, “We were childhood friends way back in Sapele and we ended up in Lagos for secondary school. He led a very respectable life and it was a life worth emulating, especially the people from our side in Delta where they think to be gentle is not profitable; but it is profitable and his life showed that.”
Also, one of the deceased’s professional associates, Mr Francis Senaya, said, “Nigeria has missed an enigma in the economic world that was very passionate about the development and the future of the country. As a body of economists in the country, we would greatly miss him.”
The deceased is survived by his wife, five children, and grandchildren, among other relatives.