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Atoza Ihindan
  • 71 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 22, 1943
  • Date of passing: Jul 17, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Katsina-Ala, Benue, Nigeria
Let the memory of Atoza be with us forever

This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved father, Atoza Ihindan, 71, born on August 22, 1943. He was assassinated on July 17, 2015 in Katsia-Ala.

We will remember him forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Kpamor Ihindan on 22nd August 2016

""Hey my sweet loving gone dad, today started very bad, but i had a true smile on my face when i remembered its the day you came to this world, Happy birthday super Dad, if birthdays are celebrated in Heaven, ask God to give you the best and bless us like you would love Him to do, we love you, we miss you.. Live on pops""

This tribute was added by Kpamor Ihindan on 19th July 2016

"Only to remind you we will hold on to all you thought us, let your good will live with and in us. live on happily dad, we miss you, life has not been fair and good since you left, but your memories have being of great support. even as we carry on with life without you, let Heaven always keep you safe till we meet to part no more, we got the messages you sent to us and we are working on all of them. thanks for not forgetting us...we love you. REST ON DAD"

This tribute was added by Stanley Ityokumbul on 17th July 2016

"Continue to rest in the Lord's bossom Chief, May God also in his infinite mercies continue to grant the family the fortitude to bear this Irreplaceable loss"

This tribute was added by ATOZA ORGEM on 17th July 2016

"To a father I had on earth watching over me was taken by the bullet, now I know I have an angel in Heaven watching over me... I call him Daddy . A man whose been a light in so many lives. To a man who spent his 71 years in this life being whatever anyone needed at any time. A man who was extraordinary in a family that proved true love didn't just exist in fairy tales. A man who knew how to fix any problem you may have had without hesitation and would give you the shirt off his back to do it. To a man who walked into a room of strangers and could have people laughing in seconds and engaging in conversation effortlessly. To a man who gave everyone a chance, who said it like it was, and said it with love and only the best of intentions. A man who was a hero to so many and who changed so many lives for the better. A man who would wake up before the sun and work hard all day to come home to a house of 13 children, exhausted, and be ready and willing to play and laugh and be a father. A man whose physical strength was unlike any other but his emotional strength, the strength he held to his core, in the fiber of his very being, far surpassed anything else. A man who epitomised what it was to fight for what you want, what you have, and what you need but also reassured you that you would never fight alone as long as he was there. To a man you may have called an acquaintance, a friend, brother, son, husband, father, or grandfather...no matter what it was you called him he was always there to answer...And while this is so unfair and my heart aches, I am so blessed to have been able to call him DAD as I know my brothers and sisters are as well. I will spend forever and a day remembering him, missing him and never forgetting how lucky I am to have had him. I love you daddy, may you rest in the sweetest peace.
August 22, 1943 - July 17, 2015"

This tribute was added by haanya atoza on 17th July 2016

"A special dad is hard to find,
You dad I'm keeping in my mind,
I wished you could have stayed forever,
But I will never forget you oh not ever.

If dreams weren't dreams and dreams came true,
I wouldn't be here I'd be with you.
Distance is one thing that keeps us apart,
But dad you will always remain in my heart.

A special smile, a special face, a special someone I can't replace,
I love you and I always will,
You filled a space that no one will ever replace.#1dadForeverScars"

This tribute was added by haanya atoza on 17th July 2016

"A special dad is hard to find,
You dad I'm keeping in my mind,
I wished you could have stayed forever,
But I will never forget you oh not ever.

If dreams weren't dreams and dreams came true,
I wouldn't be here I'd be with you.
Distance is one thing that keeps us apart,
But dad you will always remain in my heart.

A special smile, a special face, a special someone I can't replace,
I love you and I always will,
You filled a space that no one will ever replace.#1dadForeverScars"

This tribute was added by haanya atoza on 17th July 2016

"A special dad is hard to find,
You dad I'm keeping in my mind,
I wished you could have stayed forever,
But I will never forget you oh not ever.

If dreams weren't dreams and dreams came true,
I wouldn't be here I'd be with you.
Distance is one thing that keeps us apart,
But dad you will always remain in my heart.

A special smile, a special face, a special someone I can't replace,
I love you and I always will,
You filled a space that no one will ever replace.#1dadForeverScars"

This tribute was added by Kpamor Ihindan on 9th March 2016

"Daddy,
Even today i lit a candle in my heart for you to help ease my pain, i cried to God once more, please Dad, remind HIM we are still hurting and we feel  pained, how are you doing, i wish i could know and see how you are looking, i miss you.
stay blessed and always remember to touch our hearts with kindness when we think of vengeance and pay back which you advised against, take care Dad."

This tribute was added by Kpamor Ihindan on 9th November 2015

"may God communicate our thoughts to you our loving assassinated father. we will always love you. rest on dad."

This tribute was added by Kpamor Ihindan on 26th August 2015

"A month,one week and two days gone, dad we miss you so so so much. Sometimes I wish I don't have to say it was Gods will then I remember the good things HE did to and for us like giving you to us as a million in one father. We know you watch over us from heaven were you are having a great life. The feel of this emptiness is killing some of us inside gradually even when we want to be strong and live worthily. Thank God for the exemplary life you lived.you deserve justice here on earth too, Let Gods amazing grace always be with your soul. We love you best. Rest on mydadmyhero"

This tribute was added by Kuma Atoza on 22nd August 2015

"You were supposed to be 72 years today, but your life was snatched away by some evil men who felt and still feel they are God. Happy birthday father, you will forever be alive in us all. Miss you and love you always. Rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Kuma Atoza on 22nd August 2015

"You were supposed to be 72 years today, but your life was snatched away by some evil men who felt and still feel they are God. Happy birthday father, you will forever be alive in us all. Miss you and love you always. Rest in peace."

This tribute was added by ERNEST GOMBE on 18th August 2015

"Every day I think about your painful exit.Oh how I wish your death were a dream because the memory and reality of your departure is indeed depressing-TARGEMA"

This tribute was added by Dickson Dominic on 7th August 2015

"I never got so close to you, but from the distance I could hear you loud and clear; you postion on issues as your knack for diplomacy always predisposed you to tenaciously hold your grounds against violence. I have enjoyed an uncanny friendship with almost all of your children which has afforded me the liberty of understanding the philosophy you held so very close to you. You truly deserved to die peacefully, yet the urchims, tore you away from our embracing hands in such a violent manner. Your demise has created a vacuum that can never be filled. This I say because, there can never be another Atoza Ihindan; at best there may be one like Atoza Ihindan. You will forever be in our memories, and be missed. Tribute by Dickson Mayoyo under the Pseudonym Dickson Dominic."

This tribute was added by Dickson Dominic on 7th August 2015

"Atoza Hindan! Atoza Hindan!! This world is so paradoxical and  unfair. For crying out loud: Why would a man who has never subscribed to violence of any sort in his entire period of existence be murdered so gruesomely, in the most violent way? Nigeria, Benue, Tiv and particularly Sankera, has lost an irreplaceable son. Elder Atoza Hindan Ngyorkyaa Abege will forever be missed. Written by Dickson Mayoyo by the pseudonym Dickson Mayoyo"

This tribute was added by ATOZA ORGEM on 6th August 2015

"Yes I saw you last night Daddy, and I heard your voice speak to me. It was a dream, so my friend told me but I strongly believe it wasn't. You told me not to worry about the perpetrators behind your death that you'll visit them yourself and ask them just ONE question, you also said God has already taken his stand. I wanted you to tell me how! but you insisted that it's best known to God alone. Standing in the rain with you and three of my elder brothers, very close to us like the eye lashes and the eye, you sang a Tiv song to us after which we all rushed to hug you, it was not possible though you stood very close to us. I then complained to you that we were tired and hungry and we needed to eat then you pointed your walking stick on us and said " Don't revenge for me, I can feel your pain and I see the anger in you, your prayers to God have been accepted and God is with you, use your strength now that you are young read and study the Bible carefully for it is the only gift here on earth". I wanted to ask you what about the peo...then your voice echoed "just three days left" then I realised my self on my bed. So sad... I'll forever miss you father. MayYourSoulRestInPerfectPeaceDaddy#AMEN."

This tribute was added by Kpamor Ihindan on 3rd August 2015

"We bleed from your silence and absence every day, we will fall back to the legacies you left. It hurts, knowing time may not be able to heal us and mend our broken hearts. See you again someday our dad our hero."

This tribute was added by Dirichi Onyeukwu on 3rd August 2015

"There are only very few people with a heart of gold just like you.
Words truly fail me!
You embraced my family and loved my sister like your own child.
It's just a shame your life was forcefully taken away but in due time, Justice will be served.
Keep resting in the Lord.
Your legacy lives on!!
Adieu Papa.."

This tribute was added by Kpamor Ihindan on 1st August 2015

"15 days without you, the hurt seems the same. God shall give you justice even as HE is a patient God. Rest on"

This tribute was added by Kpamor Ihindan on 31st July 2015

"I miss you, I have a feeling you are with us every day. Can't stop thinking about you. Be happy where ever you are. I love you"

This tribute was added by kpamor ihindan on 30th July 2015

"When I was very young my mother told me that God can't lie, HE keeps HIS word because HE is God, if that's true then I rely on exodus 14:14.  And I know i will see you again.  Rest in peace my life's best gift."

This tribute was added by kpamor ihindan on 30th July 2015

"When I was very young my mother told me that God can't lie, HE keeps HIS word because HE is God, if that's true then I rely on exodus 14:14.  And I know i will see you again.  Rest in peace my life's best gift."

This tribute was added by kpamor ihindan on 30th July 2015

"When I was very young my mother told me that God can't lie, HE keeps HIS word because HE is God, if that's true then I rely on exodus 14:14.  And I know i will see you again.  Rest in peace my life's best gift."

This tribute was added by Hemag Bede on 30th July 2015

"In every situation give thanks,you were a loving and caring father it sad that the cold hands of death has taken you away from us, you will forever be in our heart.GoodNight"

This tribute was added by Debby Nongo on 30th July 2015

"There is so much I will miss you for. Every moment I spent in your presence left a good and lasting impression. I wish I had enough time with you to let you know how much your acknowledgment meant to me and to soak up more of your special brand of parental love. Those bullets stole so much from us but your legacy lives on. I will constantly strive to excel, I remember how proud of me you were. I won't let you down."

This tribute was added by kpamor ihindan on 30th July 2015

"Your death brought weakness  to our bodies but your memories strengthen our spirits every day. You lived a  fulfilled life. You did a lot of things right, the judgement of you by your  perceived enemies was not and still not who you were......We knew exactly who and what you  were, what you stood for, what you believed in and always wanted. We will carry it all on. Rest on daddy"

This tribute was added by kpamor ihindan on 30th July 2015

"Every day I wake up to a reality I wished never existed, your death has left me doubting everything in life including the faith I practice. Words and feelings can't describe how much I miss you, you can't be replaced dad, my heart is were I place you.the legacy you left will not be swept under the carpet, I cherish you even in death more than those who ended your life. Rest in peace with God till I see you again"

This tribute was added by tim Boga on 28th July 2015

"The Iroko has fallen. Words of Okonkwo in things fall apart was same words I used when I heard of the murder of this great leader. Questions without answers ran through my mind. All I have to say is Zadedoo, till we meet to part no more. Accept my sympathy Kpamor, shitile, chiila, kuma."

This tribute was added by Raphael Anagbe on 28th July 2015

"May the good Lord grant our dear father eternal rest. Till we meet to part no more."

This tribute was added by tim Boga on 28th July 2015

"A man of honour. A great loss to Benue and Nigeria at large. Adieu daddy."

This tribute was added by Ngufan Adamgbe-Aie on 26th July 2015

"Its a big loss, so sad...Farewell Chief."

This tribute was added by Bum Ihindan on 26th July 2015

"U were a rare gem, dis incident reminds me of malcon X, Martin Luther King, Bola Ige, Mko Abiola & a host of others. U wer a hero, a blessing to ur generation, how can it be explained dat u are no more?
U wer a shinning star, clothed wit humility & excellence.
D cloud dat brought rain on several farm lands,
D news of ur death sent shivers down d spines of mortals who came across u,
Our world crumbled wen u left, but God knws best.
Sleep on our father, we wil meet again."

This tribute was added by Wueseter Ahungwaor on 26th July 2015

"You indeed were a father... The tears and cries of your children, friends and loved ones for justice on your behalf will see the light of day. Rest assured you left a legacy in your children for generations. Rest in the bossom of the almighty till the trumpet sounds."

This tribute was added by ERNEST GOMBE on 25th July 2015

"I wish it were a mere rumour. The reality of the death remains painful to me.His death is indeed a great loss. My father,Peter Ityokoso Ikyobo is a lonely man without him.May God comfort our hearts."

This tribute was added by Vquetorea Harkhimien on 25th July 2015

"I thought it was all a joke when I heard about it, I wanted to believe it is but the sadness in the voice of the messenger made me realize it was no joke, though I never got to know you but your going away has left a void that would never be replaced, you are greatly missed #rest in peace sir #"

This tribute was added by Abigail Izam on 25th July 2015

"Although I didn't get the honour of meeting you personally, your legacy and undeniable humility continues to shine through your children.
Thank you, Sir, for being a bright beckon of hope and faith to many.
Thank you for being a trendsetter and a God-sent example of a leader.
Thank you for not following the trends of a deeply wounded society.
Thank you for the lives you've touched just by being yourself.
And Lastly, Thank you for your indescribable strength and for living a life driven by purpose and worthy of recognition and praise, to say the least.
The perpetrators of this great injustice will surely know no peace.
You will be greatly missed and May you continue to rest in the bosom of the Almighty."

This tribute was added by Verr Gloria on 25th July 2015

"U were a great man, even in death u still are..ur death is still a shock not just to me but d entire nation, u lived a fulfilled life its so unfortunate that u left d way u did but I know God has given u medal of honour better than we would have ever given u in this wicked world.. Ur memories will live on. Rest on daddy."

This tribute was added by ihindan kaha on 25th July 2015

"How could it be explain!    That you a raising Icon cloth with humility and excellence exemplary in words and deeds devoted to the service of humanity with a track set of selflessness could be strangulated by the cold hands of death thereby shattering the hopes of Benue people dispersing the clouds that could have brought rain on katsina ala people and benue at large. It hurts to say goodbye and I can never say goodbye sleep on daddy I love and miss you mydaddymymentor"

This tribute was added by Shimz Nazy on 25th July 2015

"This is a fragment of the legacy of truth imparted to me by our father, Chief Atoza Ihindan (MFR). The words imparted were no mere transmission of information. It involved a whole life of proclamation and demonstration of wisdom uncommon.

You led a life worthy of emulation. You were and indeed died a great Man. Your legacies in all spheres of life shall outlive you, sire. You were an astute politician, a great manager of human and material resources, a unifying pedestal and a rallying point for your family, friends and associates.

Your killers shall know no peace.

Tears shall never stop dripping from our eyes until justice is done. miss you immensely.

Adieu Baba..."

This tribute was added by Ordi Azer on 25th July 2015

"I received the news of the death of Baba Atoza Ihindan with Shock and grief,his death is a blow to us all and his absence will be deeply felt for he has leaved a vaccum that can never be filled.My words cannot fully express the sorrow I feel after hearing about the death of Baba,I will forever treasure the wonderful times we had.May God strengthen the entire family of Baba Atoza Ihindan as we come to terms with the death of their father and may they find courage to face the days ahead without Baba.Please accept my sincere Condolences."

This tribute was added by Tessy Ndum on 25th July 2015

"A special dad is hard to find,
You were a real dad to many,
I wished you could have stayed forever for some of us to see you,
But I will never forget you oh not ever and that is because u brought someone very dear into this world, you are indeed a special dad and we will all miss you especially for those of us who did not get to meet you.
Goodbye our rose
May you ever grow in our hearts
You were the grace that placed itself
Where lives were torn apart
Goodbye our rose
From a family lost without your soul
Who’ll miss the wings of your compassion
More than you’ll ever know

And it seems to us you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never fading with the sunset
When the rain set in
And you footsteps will always fall here
Along our lovely home
Your candle was burned out
Your legend ever will."

This tribute was added by kimbir tarnongo on 25th July 2015

"Kimbir Tarnongo
Just like Christ dint deserve to be nailed on the cross u dint deserve to die by a gun my daddy. Every drop of ur blood is going to hunt does that shaded it for the rest of their miserable "life’s" the earth will spit them out of its mouth, their fame will become their shame, whatever they touch their blood stained hands to do will fail, their own blood will turn acidic and burn them till they confess, the pain their family will see will double the pain they coursed me. except I don’t serve a living GOD"

This tribute was added by ATOZA ORGEM on 25th July 2015

"Everyday I feel like "if I had one wish" I Keep dreaming,hoping life's still same because it's better for me, how bitter the truth sounds to accept the sudden changes. People say you were loving caring, peaceful and so on some say you were wicked, evil and selfish, I say you were "a just father" only heaven can write your complete chapters. Six (6) times you were shot, they took your body and made your presence absent to infinity but your SOUL he'll keep. Daddy, you will forever be missed. I Love you Dad!!! Exodus 14:14 'The Lord shall fight for you and ye shall hold peace'. Rest in Peace Daddy. MyDadMyHero"

This tribute was added by AKER TARNONGO AONDONA on 25th July 2015

"Tribute To My Father-In-Law

You probably don’t see many of these kind of tributes. In this day and era, it is more common to trash in-laws and put down the extended family than to thank God for them. But, today, I want to thank God for my father-in-law, Rt. Hon. Chief. Atoza Ihindan MFR.  He won’t be able to read it. He’s home in heaven with God, but I want God and others to know of my appreciation for him. I’m thinking about him today more than most other days.
I thank God for him for many reasons. First and foremost I thank God because he was an authentic believer in Jesus, and a Christian father. He lived his faith in the way he treated people, in the way he did family, in the way he did politics, the way he articulated the Tiv agenda, the Benue project with such historical anecdotes.
I thank God for the way he led his family. I spent a lot of time in his home.  He led his family in the right way.  He loved his wives’ deeply, and it showed in the way he treated them. He cared for his thirteen children and six grand children far beyond the ordinary. He loved them, disciplined them firmly (tough dad though) yet gently, worked hard to provide for them, had fun with them, taught them, laughed with them, modeled the Christian faith to them, and played games like long tennis with them.  He was the best possible dad and a great example to me.
I thank God that his love was not limited to his own family. Most of the times I was a guest in his home, there were others present like The politicians of all class, famers, widows, students, community mobilizes, men with good intentions and the ones with bad intentions too, like your Killers (Assassins), We were fed, loved, and treated as part of the family.
I thank God for the way he treated me.  I’m his son-in-law; probably the only but you can essentially drop the “in-law” part. He treated me as a son and accepted me into the family.
When I had intentions of contesting for the Benue State House of Assembly seat in my constituency in Gboko west (Gbemacha), this is what Mallan (as his fondly called by some of children) said to me: Go on Son, in politics it’s a win or lose game, but for sure you will always be remembered.  He loved us both, continued to treat me as a son, and encouraged us (wife) to work things out.
I don’t want you to think he was a perfect man; only Jesus has lived a perfect life.  But when he made a mistake, he admits. I admired him for his honesty and integrity even when he made a mistake.
And, mostly, I thank God because of the daughter he raised.  She is in many ways like her father.  From him (and from her mom), she learned honesty, integrity, gentleness, the value of hard work, the importance of family, and the need to live life as a Christian in all ways. I am benefiting every day from Rt. Hon. Chief. Atoza Ihindan MFR,  contribution as a father, because I can see his many characteristics in my wife.
I can’t tell him this today, because he’s not here.  But I can and do thank God for him!
Adieu Rt. Hon. Chief. Atoza Ihindan MFR."

This tribute was added by Atoza mimidoo on 25th July 2015

"We try to understand the phenomenon TIME. We all seems to elude us all. Father the good times, jokes, your advise and love, yesterday you were here with us, today you are not and then in a twinkle of an eye you were gone poof! We miss you a lot and forever [RIP] MyDadMyhero"

This tribute was added by Adamu Nanret on 25th July 2015

"Saying goodbye forever is what we all hate to say. I will rather say goodnight sir. I didn't have the opportunity to know you fully, but your reflections is what i see in your family. You gave them a great heart, a generous self, and a lovely personality. Sir your personality speaks even after you've gone. Rest in the bosom of the Lord sir. "Nanret Magret Adamu Suwa""

This tribute was added by Iorshase Dede on 25th July 2015

"The few times I met u were filled with words of wisdom and challenge. My observation of your family and surroundings showed you were a loving and discipline father. I am a witness that the legacy you have left  behind is on solid ground and will flourish and prosper on this earth foreover. You have done well Sir, rest in the bossom of the Lord. Amen"

This tribute was added by Shankwase Tor-Anyiin on 24th July 2015

"I never knew you in person. The attraction was in the manner in which the name itself was also a rhythm on its own when mentioned in most party songs for both 2007 & 2011 gubernatorial elections. They go & I quote "Atoza Ihindan, wê u ka wer ka ana?" By this, I knew you mattered & you are instrumental for developmental,effective & beneficial changes our generation have today. & that's why your untimely death remains a shock to me. I had a picture of you in my head to be someone who must be welcoming, kindhearted, jovial,serious minded & also determined, all these I've been able to confirm via all the descriptions of who you were by people who knew you in person. You were my friend in my thoughts, I really would have loved that I met you in person so at least I get some form of satisfaction in me, but this I can not do anymore. However, I take you demise in faith believing that you are resting under God's very bossom. Adieu my friend in my thoughts."

This tribute was added by Samuel Adeoti on 24th July 2015

"He was a great man, the world will continue to feel his impact. The fruits he left behind will shake the world and the likes of Chiila will immortalise the name Atoza. RIP Sir."

This tribute was added by Kuma Atoza on 24th July 2015

"They are in the dark for thinking they have killed our father or one Shitile man, today, they have killed the most knowledgeable, selfless servant of Benue state. You were a voice for the voiceless, you loved truth and hated violence. You gave your life for the service of God and man. A thousand of those who killed you can not be compared to you, you were a rare gem, a gift from God to your people, you were bold, upright and fearless, you were a tough Dad let alone a politician (smiles) but loving and kind hearted. We spoke that very morning before you were killed by empty heads whom will never measure up to you in their life time, you were tired of running from low thinking people who thought you were their problem and therefore killing you was their solution. But God if it is true that you are God bring the killers and conspirators of my father to book. Am proud to be called your child Dad, will forever miss you my HERO. May God rest your soul."

This tribute was added by oba salihu on 24th July 2015

"So painful to hear that, u have return back Home to rest in peace. Ur death is really unbearable. But we hope to see d wrath of our Lord Almighty on those behind ur death, despite dey are tryin to clean up their trail. U'll always remain,  A Dad, A mentor, A brother to us cos ur legacy is inside us. Ur name will live 4ever despite ure gone. A GENIUS is what are, it keeps me wonderin the Genius that was Born the day u were gun. May Ur Soul ResT In PerFecT Peace. Late: Hon. Pa Atoza Ihindan (Daddy)!!!"

This tribute was added by Kamo Sende on 24th July 2015

"We are consoled that death is but a passage into eternal glory. Yours was a fulfilled and well lived life.
I remember meeting you in Katsina ala in your home when I came for Kpam's wedding. Your hospitality and jokes were amazing and that up till date has remained a cherished moment for me.
Your children have lived and are living a life of charity and simplicity, Kpam I can harp for. I have also met Kuma and Shimga who have been equally nice.
This nobody can take from you even in death.
May God grant you eternal Rest Sir in his bossom.
Adieu Sir. Atoza Ihindan."

This tribute was added by Vivienne Okoroafor on 24th July 2015

"It was sad to hear that u where gone though we never met but I know your a good man. May your soul rest in perfect peace..we love u but God loves u most. Adeui dad"

This tribute was added by Ezinne Atoza on 24th July 2015

"My delicious.....my rare legend! My hero! My rock! Words fail to describe what you meant to me. You showered me with such genuine love and care I often marvelled. I blessed God for giving me a daddy like you. You were so filled with wisdom. A perfect gentleman, my friend...I never got tired of listening and laughing to your jokes and life histories. I looked forward to spending my weekends with you, my boyfriend, my highly delicious, my very very delicious. I have tried to explain to Wasem and Ihindan they won't be seeing their playmate and friend to box his big belle again...no more grandpa! May God bring your wicked murderers
to justice. I cannot say goodbye to u my delicious because you will live 4eva in my heart! I loved and I still love you deeply........my highly delicious."

This tribute was added by Sam Waku on 24th July 2015

"I was shocked to hear of your sad demise.
My heartfelt condolences to all of us
I pray to the Almighty Lord to give your  immediate family courage,strenght and support just as I pray that your murderers will be brought to book...Adieu Sir!
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This tribute was added by Stanley Ityokumbul on 24th July 2015

"I never knew you personally,But through your children Kpam, Chilla and Kuma this has hit me too personally,But inspite of all this dark cloud and demise,I'm personally pleased you lived a fulfilled life,May God almighty grant you eternal rest and grant your family the strength and fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss..Rest On Chief!!"

This tribute was added by Priceyporsh Shanpepe Zenke on 24th July 2015

"Death Creates a vaccum that only God can heal.....Heard a lot about you and all were great talks about your ideas and principles, your great contributions... You will be forever remembered. May the good Lord grant you eternal rest......Rest on sir...."

This tribute was added by Abaya Bemgba on 24th July 2015

"THE BOOK THAT WAS NEVER WRITTEN...
Tears are beginning to fade by day as we are moving from mourning your exit into the ideal state of celebrating your foot match on mother earth.when your eldest son spoke on national TV in his quest to bringing justice to your unjust killing,as I watched him,I spotted two visible differences,he had no cap on,and he had no staff.the cap is a medium that coverd the wisdom in your head and the staff was o point of transmitting the wisdom to the masses,this two,you left behind.aside of this, the resonance of his voice were those of a bold,and courageous man who not even lions can detare him on a just quest.this was who you were,this was who you lived,this is who you have left behind and dis was who you died.your quest remains a collective chalange to the foot generation.the dramatist side of you I see in Kpamor,the charity heart you had I see in Shitile,your jokes I see I Kuma,etc..You started a book which you had written it's first page decades ago,your monumental poem on the EAGLE.... which no doubt will be inherited by Wasem and others,but the Book,you never wrote....oohhh...death, how wicked you are..BABA...REST.. ON..."

This tribute was added by Agabi Eneji Blaiz on 24th July 2015

"I am saddened by the news of your demise, my heart is broken for such a great loss to us,but even as we mourn,we know that you are in a better place,we are therefore consoled by your loving memory and your exceptional legacy,we love you but God loves you  more,adieu"

This tribute was added by Gwaza Ibn Madaki on 24th July 2015

"I am consoled by the words of the Bible in Psalm 71:18, you lived a life of grace. To die completely, one must not only forget, but must be forgotten as well, you will never be forgotten sir, so you live on in our hearts and through the bloodline of your children.

Your killers will have murdered sleep and it will elude them forever, Rest on in Internal Peace Sir."

This tribute was added by Tiza Jennifer on 24th July 2015

"People like you are hard to find,
We wish you stayed forever,
But we will never forget you
Distance is one thing that keeps us apart,
But you will always remain in our hearts.
A special smile, a special face, a special someone we can't replace,
God loves you more.. May God console your family and friends. Rest in peace sir."

This tribute was added by Adum Ter Alex on 24th July 2015

"Daddy, your death by the hands of assassins was the most horrendous news one could ever associate with a non violent man like you. You were a highly principled man, driven by your convictions and sustained by a passion for what is right and just. You never failed to take a position on any issue once you were convinced it was right and just, even if the multitude thought otherwise. More often than not, your position was always the un thought of alternative. Those who knew you deeply like I did, mourn your assassination not for you or your family perse, but for our society, our politics and our dear State which can never be the same without your refreshing strides. Who can articulate the Tiv agenda like you? Who can dissect the Benue question with your kind of oratory and relish? Who indeed can refresh our narratives of the Benue project with such rare insights and historical anecdotes that will sharpen our appreciation like you did? You r simply irreplaceable. Your were fearless, bold and upright. A true statesman who abhorred injustice, fought against marginalization and stood for all commoners. You subscribed to these values as a creed and was a contrarian in the midst of those who stood for anything less. Your politics was devoid of bitterness, you promoted peace and built peace, fastidiously committed your self to ethnic concorde and harmony. You were a moving encyclopedia on these matters for which you committed your life and has died for. Your exit has left a gargantuan vacuum in our lives that can not be filled.
Your untimely death in the hands of vagabonds and renegade elements at this time diminishes us all and devalues our humanity no matter the political divide where we stand. We condemn it in the strongest terms and pray earnestly that the good Lord help us find your killers, reserve His harshest judgement on them and receive your gentle soul in eternity. Adieu Rt. Hon. Atoza Ihindan MFR Bar. Alex Adum"

This tribute was added by Uzer Josh Shagbaor J on 24th July 2015

"Death leaves a heartache; no one can heal; But love given by the person who is no more leaves a memory no one can steal or erase! Adieu Papa!!!"

This tribute was added by Andrew Gbue on 24th July 2015

"Your God called, you answered. Though the heart of man is desperately wicked, as exemplified by the manner of your passing, our bible teaches us to accept the will of God. We take solace in the tall legacies you bequeathed to the world you left behind. My prayers and thoughts are with your immediate family. Rest well in God's own bosom. Adieu sir."

This tribute was added by Justice Nwanesindu on 24th July 2015

"I remember the first time I met you, during my sister's wedding to your son. You showed me care and love and became an immediate father to me. It's a pity I was not able to honor your invitation to come and spend time with your wonderful family. Your kindness and love to us is so numerous to mention.
The news of your demise is something I still cannot comprehend. Life is not fair that the good ones are always taken away. Oh death you are man's mortal enemy! God will bring the wicked to Justice.
It's an honor to die a fulfilled man and I am hopeful that you are in Abraham's bosom. Go in peace Daddy. We will forever love you.
Justice Nwanesindu"

This tribute was added by Henry Usha on 24th July 2015

"We will not mourn your death rather we will celebrate your life. You lived a worthy life. Simple and adorable by many. You were indeed a Great man, Father, Grand Father, leader not only to our Generation but for Generations yet unborn.  Adieu  Papa"

This tribute was added by nguher atoza on 24th July 2015

"You taught me the greatest of things are love and forgiveness, but I don't know how to forget, you left without a word and I still hope it is a dream, I love you dad to the moon and back rest on father #mydadmyhero.."

This tribute was added by Eineje Agebe on 24th July 2015

"I never got the privilege to meet you in person; I know your son Grant Shitile Atoza. You trained him well hence my judgement is that you are good man. You have lived your life, played your games, paid your dues and you left enduring marks in the life of humanity. Let the cowards who stole your breath dance but for a while, just a tiny while. But you live on, living on for eternity. I commiserate with my brother A-T-O-Z, love you bro. my condolences-its from my heart sir."

This tribute was added by Kaase Adzaugbah on 24th July 2015

"You said you were going to be back to see me concerning some assignments you gave me, but now you never came back, may be I've got to solve the puzzle as to why you never came back as promised. God knows best why it's the people we love he takes away and that we would never question. My dad is still in shock of loosing a friend and brother ('man Atoz')  as he always called him, we pray God to console my friends Chiila, Kuma, Shitile, Kpamor, Tivhemen, the entire family and friends for the great loss. Till we see on the other side Late Chief Atoza Ihindan Ngookyar Abege!"

This tribute was added by Ati Kengkeng on 24th July 2015

"I remember that whenever we met with or without Chilla present, you chided me in ways that were comical yet filled with inspiration and common sense. I will miss you for this and much more for all that you represent in the lives of my friends Kpam,Kuma,Chilla,Shimga and Orgeem. Rest in perfect peace even as efforts to find your killers continue. May they find no rest. Sleep on pops!"

This tribute was added by Akikayo Simeon on 24th July 2015

"I never got to meet you, but your deeds and good works makes me feel I've known you all my life,to the world you are dead, to me you are alive and lives in the heart of all who've u touched with your good works,God has you in his keeping, we have you in our hearts.rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Michelle Wandoo Atim on 24th July 2015

"I didn't know you personally but I've seen all I need to know through the lives of your children. You raised one of the most amazing and united families I've ever seen and that tells me what a peace-loving man you were. You might not be known through-out the world but I know that our part of it will be a better place because of the kind, selfless and caring family you left behind. R.I.P. Sir. You will be greatly missed."

This tribute was added by Shimga Ihindan on 24th July 2015

"When the sun falls blind and stars fade from view even in death your love remains real and true, you thought me nothing else but love, I will stand tall, coz they wanna see me broken, bowed head, lowered eyes, falling shoulders like tear drops and weakened in my sorrowful cry but u thought me how to be strong, you gave me the best of all teachings and I owe all I know to you, I will forgive them but will never forget how they took you away, coz I know one day I will be with you again, goodbye father, you were the few of the last ones the earth ever had .. I MISS YOU #MyDadMyHero"

This tribute was added by haanya atoza on 24th July 2015

"Those who loves us never go away,I hope and know that during this dark and hurting time u'll always be with us.we love you so much dad.MydadMyHero."

This tribute was added by Austin Chiboy Ifediorah on 24th July 2015

"Immortal invisible God only wise,He who knows us from our mothers womb and knows how we will end,may his name alone be praised....one thing is sure...GOD WILL FIGHT YOUR BATTLE May the soul of Pa Atoza Ihindan rest in perfect peace! Amen. may the Almighty GOD give all of us especially this beautiful family you left behind the fortitude to bear this great irreplaceable lost....Amen."

This tribute was added by Austin Chiboy Ifediorah on 24th July 2015

"Immortal invisible God only wise,He who knows us from our mothers womb and knows how we will end,may his name alone be praised....one thing is sure...GOD WILL FIGHT YOUR BATTLE May the soul of Pa Atoza Ihindan rest in perfect peace! Amen. may the Almighty GOD give all of us especially this beautiful family you left behind the fortitude to bear this great irreplaceable lost....Amen."

This tribute was added by Kpamor Ihindan on 24th July 2015

"When life ends I know I will see you again, I believe so. No one will get out of this life alive. Rest on my Hero, you will forever be alive in us. We will greatly miss you. Rest on  Dad till we meet again."

This tribute was added by Monica Atongo on 23rd July 2015

"Baba, it's still feels like a huge joke that you are no more! What is more shocking is the way your life was taken. It's really pitiable that the same people you fought to protect and called your very own are the ones that did this.
Yes!! You lived a good life. But, it would have been more fulfilling if you died another death. Today our enemies within are rejoicing over your passing away but, very soon, there will wish you lived to speak for them. You were one person that believed so much in promoting your people.

Our nation has lost a great leader, that can not be replaced anytime soon!

RIP my dear father!"


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