Tears flowed freely penultimate Friday when the Anglican faithful, members of the legal profession and the general public gathered to bid farewell to the late Christian Voice Columnist and social crusader, Barr. Emmanuel T.C. Ogbusu, in his country home Uhuala-Owerre Umudim in the Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State.
Ogbusu, 56, whose sudden death jolted the Anglican and legal fraternity last month, was the Chancellor of the Diocese on the Lake.
Addressing the mammoth crowd who came to bid farewell to the late legal icon and prolific writer, the Bishop, Diocese on the lake, Rt Rev. Chijioke B.N. Oti, described the death of the righteous as precious in the sight of God.
The prelate who quoted intermittently from the late Ogbusu’s literary works, admonished the crowd from one of his piece in Christian Voice entitled ‘for what will you be remembered’ (Christian Voice January 13, 2012).
According to the man of God, every man’s works and deeds shall testify against him whether good or bad irrespective of his/her social status in the society
He said it is not how long one lives but the impact one makes while alive. Today many crave for recognition, even in the church, yet everyone is remembered or recognized either for his good or bad deed.
Drawing from the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Mathew, 17:5, Rt Rev. Oti said, as Christ pleased God and Heaven testified for his good work, so shall heaven testify for all who please God and make contributions for the betterment of the society.
He described the late Ogbusu as a very humble man, a foot soldier of Christ, a true man of God, faithful servant of our Lord Jesus Christ and a man of peaceful disposition.
To the bereaved family, Bishop Oti counseled them to wipe away their tears, but take solace that their son used his short sojourn on earth to serve God and humanity. He specifically enjoined Ogbusu’s mother, Mama Victoria to endure the pains, adding that God in His infinite mercy would see her through.
Also in his homily, the host Bishop of the diocese of Ikeduru, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel C. Maduwike, described the late Ogbusu as a source of wisdom and a general in the Lord’s army.
He wished the dead can talk and see so that late Emma can see the unprecedented crowd that came to bid him farewell.
The service was conducted by Ven. John Akahara, the Archdeacon of Umudim Archdeaconry. The only lesson taken from the II Epistle of Paul to Timothy 4: 1-8 was read by Miss Victoria Ogbusu, his first daughter.
Anthems were rendered by various groups including Knights of St. Christopher Owerri Council, members of Anglican Christian Fathers Fellowship (ACFF), various choir groups, Boys and Girls Brigade, Imo State battalion where late Emma served as Legal Adviser added fanfare to the funeral outing.
Commendation was performed by His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Caleb Maduoma, JP, assisted by other Bishops. Archbishop (Emeritus) Most Rev. Dr. B.C.I Okoro prayed for the nation, the retired Bishop of Okigwe North, the Rt. Rev. Alfred Nwaizuzu for the church of God while Bishop Ukanwa of Okigwe North prayed for the bereaved family.
About 10 bishops and their wives from various dioceses attended the service, over four hundred priests were also in attendance.