I spoke to Philip on a Saturday. We thanked God for the success of the operation on him. By Monday, he had gone unto glory. His last words to me were “All is well that ends well”. We were very good friends. We matriculated the same day and graduated on the same day at U.I (University of Ibadan). Philip was a man of integrity; a trusted and reliable friend. His word was his bond. A scholar of the very best pedigree. He excelled in Benin History and was honoured for his excellence by the Oba of Benin. Philip loved his family. He did not allow his busy schedule to interfere with his responsibilities as a husband and father. He gave them his best. I give God the glory that he enjoyed a clear demonstration of the love his children have for him before he passed on to glory. Perhaps, the most important thing one can say about Philip is that he was a child of God. The testimony of the children with him on the day he passed, is that he told them not to stop praying. With the home call of Philip, Nigeria has lost a nation builder, an excellent scholar and a profound teacher. I pray the Lord will watch over the family he left behind. Philip, there is every indication that you ended well. Rest in Peace in the bosom of the Lord. Felix Ohiwerei.
Our beloved brother, popularly called "BROTHER" by all the children and relations of our father, Pa Uloko Igbafe, lived for 84 years. he was a perfect gentleman, and an administrator, a seasoned academician of national and international fame and a prof with high reputation. His public and academic life attested to his Motto: Strive at all times for the very best. Our mother told us that at a very tender age, he came out best to gain admission into the only school in Etsako West at Afashio and again he came out best to gain admission to St Thomas teacher's training college, Ibusa. Following his academic performance in this college, he was appointed a teacher in the same college. A year later he gained admission to the University of Ibadan (UI) to read B.A History. Prof Philip Igbafe's intelligence was again attested to here in the University of Ibadan, when he banged a first class degree in history and immediately proceeded to get his PhD in history. He then proceeded to the University at Ile-Ife, where he lectured for years. Here he became the University orator for all public ceremonies, like matriculation, graduations etc. He was appointed as the commissioner for Ministry of Works and Transport in Bendel State during the Agbazika regime. Later he again acted as commissioner for the Ministry of Chieftancy affairs. In later years, he went on international academic missions, building the department of Afican history in some United States (US) universities, New York State University etc. During all these movements, we lived with him admiring his exemplary lifestyle during which time, he shared with us through our civil service career both in Bendel and Edo state. Brother Philip Igbafe, because of your good care over us, we can never forget you and the vacuum you have created can not be filled by anyone. may the good Lord receive you into His kingdom. Amen. We will miss you all the remaining days of our life. How much can we say about your beautiful and exemplary life/ Rest in Peace. MICHAEL ADOYE IGBAFE