The Anglican Communion and legal fraternity in Imo State were thrown into deep shock last Wednesday morning with the news of the sudden death the previous night of Barr. Sir E.T.C. Ogbusu.
The shock of the news was profound as many confirmed that he had attended the funeral of the father of a professional colleague at Inyishi, Ikeduru the previous day, looking hale and active as always.
Before his death, he ways the Principal partner of Chief E.T.C. Ogbusu & Co(Victoria & Fidelia Chambers) Ikenegbu, Layout, Owerri.
An active Christian in the Anglican Church, late Sir E.T.C. Ogbusu was the chancellor of the Anglican Diocese on the Lake.
Earlier, he had served as the Registrar/Clerk of the Anglican Diocese of Owerri for about 10 years.
A prolific writer, late Ogbusu had run the popular Evangelism Column in the Christian Voice free since the paper’s inception over 12 years ago.
According to family sources, the deceased who hailed from Umudim in Ikeduru Local Government, Imo State, complained of pains in the heart and was rushed to a hospital in Ikenegbu, Owerri where he was said to have given up the ghost about midnight, last Tuesday.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people including top clerics and his colleagues in the legal profession have been besieging his residence in Ikenegbu Owerri, to sympathise with the deceased’s family.
In their immediate reactions, the Anglican Bishops on the Lake and Ikeduru, Rt. Revs. Chijioke Oti and Emma Maduwike, the Chairman, Council of Knights on-the-lake, Sir Uche Osoagba and the Managing Editor, Christian Voice Newspaper, Sir Martin, described the death as devastating and an irreparable loss.
Bishop Oti who was visibly upset, conceded that no mortal can query God and stressed the need to nurture the children in the way of God like their late father so that they do not deviate from God because of challenges.
The Bishop of Ikeduru initially declared that he lacked words to comment on the loss but eventually added that whatever happened to man is the unquestionable will of God.
The President of On-the-Lake Council of Knights, Sir Uche Osoagba, still shocked by the death recalled that he was with him a few hours before his death at the burial of a member’s father at Inyishi during which, he said, they discussed extensively on the way forward for their council.
“I have not experienced such a sudden death of a valued colleague and friend before”, he lamented.
On his part, the Managing Editor of Christian Voice Newspaper, Sir Martin Ebe described the loss as irreparable.
Describing him as a prolific writer and a columnist, he recalled that he unfailingly sustained an Evangelism Column in the newspaper for 12 years, adding that the vacuum created by Ogbusu’s demise would be difficult to fill.