By Emma Onumah
Christians have been enjoined to believe in the life after death, and to use their God-given talents and positions for good deeds so as to be remembered when they are no more here on earth.
The Vicar of Christ’s Anglican Church, Owerri, Venerable Zion Ngoka, gave this injunction at a memorial thanksgiving service held at the Christ’s Anglican Church Owerri in honour of late Senior Advocate of Nigeria and erstwhile Lord Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Owerri, Chief Sir Dan C.O. Njernanze.
Ven Ngoka noted that God has endowed us with different gifts but that we, as Christians, have refused to make good use of such gifts, thus allowing it to waste.
The Clergyman whose text came from 1 Corinthians 1529-33 posited that it was incompatible to believe in re-incarnation as well as in the Resurrection Power which is supportive and a clear manifestation of life after death.
Speaking as the Director of Episcopal Pastorate Ministry in the Diocese of Owerri, he disclosed that the Diocesan Bishop, His Lordship, the Rt. Rev, Cyril C. Okorocha Ph.D would have been personally present to handle the service but because he had just returned from medical treatment abroad and had been asked to convalesce for some days.
In a brief testimony of grace, the wife of late Sir Dan, Lady Dr Pamela Njernanze, on behalf of herself and family, expressed gratitude to God for sustaining them throughout the period of their mourning, and said that through God’s grace, they never encountered any difficulty that was beyond their capability and endurance, but rather noted that they have been overwhelmed by out-pouring of love from all and sundry.
She expressed special thanks to the Bishop and wife, CATOL and Christ’s Church Communities, Owerri Council of Knights and Ladies, Umu-Njemanze, the clergy, friends and well-wishers, and called for continued prayers to members of the family.
In a vote of thanks on behalf of the Bishop, the Registrar/Clerk of the Diocese, Sir Ndukwe Nnawuchi, SAN, expressed happiness for the impressive turn-out of people from all walks of life at the service. Among them were retired and serving High Court Judges, members of the Nigeria Bar Association, politicians of note, friends and well-wishers of the Njemanze Family, including the wife of late Archbishop of old Province II, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) Mrs Jane Nwankiti.