By Our Reporter
Christians have been enjoined to work for God when they are alive in order to leave a legacy as that would make them to be remembered after death.
An Anglican clergy the Venerable Ozioma Nwaogazi made this remark in a sermon during the one year memorial thanksgiving service for the late spouse to the former Deputy Governor of Imo State Engr. Chilaka Okwuonu held recently at the Cathedral Church of St Michael and All Angels Ife Ezinihitte Mbaise Imo State.
While eulogizing the late Okwuonu for his dedication towards building for God when he was alive, the cleric said that it was good to be in God always than to put trust in mankind. He among other things called on all to always believe in God for eternal salvation.
In his own remark at the service, the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Mbaise Rt. Rev. Chamberlin Ogunedo who presided over the church service remembered with nostalgia that it was the late Pa Okwuonu and his family that saw to the installation of ceramic tiles in the entire cathedral and some other buildings in the place. However, he regretted that the late astute building engineer did not witness the dedication of the cathedral late last year because of his demise shortly before the event.
He therefore, enjoined the bereaved family to continue to sustain the deceased’s level of dedication to the service of God.
While thanking all for honouring the event, the former Deputy Governor of Imo State Lady Ada Okwuonu described her late husband and political leader as a mentor and motivator who dedicated all his life in the service of God and promised to sustain the legacies the late patriarch laid down.
In his own remark after the church service, the traditional ruler of Ife Ezinihitte Mbaise and former Acting Vice-Chancellor Federal University of Technology Owerri Eze B. A. Nwachukwu, said that the late community leader who until his death was the Traditional Prime Minister of Owutu Community Ezinihitte Mbaise. He was a perfect gentleman whose demise had continued to create a very big vacuum.
The event later witnessed the unveiling of the deceased’s tomb at his Mount Zion country home Orie-Owutu Owutu Mbaise and reception thereafter.
The event was attended by many dignitaries including Senator Bright Nwanne, the proprietor of ABC Transport Chief Frank Nneji, Hon. Justice E. O. Agada of the Imo State High Court, politicians, traditional rulers, past and present government functionaries etc.