By Emma Onumah
Whatever you do in life, let your identity be that you are the son of Jesus Christ, and also ensure that He knows you.
The Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt Rev Cyril C. Okorocha, Ph.D gave this advice to Christians, while making his closing remarks at the Service of Songs, Tributes, and Testimonies in honour of late Sir Bon Nwakanma, last Tuesday, at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL), Owerri.
The Bishop was full of thanks to all who were able to squeeze out time to come and grace the occasion, and to give honour to whom honour was due, the late Sir Bon Nwakanma.
In a very brief homily, the Cathedral Administrator, Venerable Dr Akajiaku Chukwuocha who also conducted the service, made reference to Psalm 23, and urged the family of late Sir Bon Nwakanma and others present, to see the Lord as their Shepherd in situations and circumstances such as that.
He posited that the shepherd usually takes care of his flock, and assured that, if they take the Lord as their Shepherd, they should believe that He would take care of them at all times, irrespective of the magnitude of their plights, adding that, instead of talking about Sir Bon, they should talk more about the One who restored Sir Bon’s soul and made him what He was in life.
Presenting a tribute, the Lord Chancellor of the Diocese of Owerri, the Justice Chioma Nwosu-lheme (Ph.D) Sir Bon’s demise as colossal, as it is monumental, attesting to the fact that Sir Bon, a former Lord Chancellor of Mbaise Diocese, was one of the finest Senior Advocates, East of the Niger.
In his own tribute, the Clerk/Registrar of the Diocese of Owerri, Barrister (Sir) Ndukwe Nnawuchi, SAN, noted that Sir Bon was a dedicated legal practitioner, unassuming and very thorough.
Another Senior Advocate, Chief (Sir) Chukwuma Ekomaru, who captioned his tribute: “The Exit of a Legal Titan”, observed that Sir Bon, in his life-time, was a ready choice for any person who wanted to defend his victory at any election, which some former governors of Imo State benefited from.
In a tribute on behalf of the Council of Knights, Diocese of Owerri, the Council’s President, Sir Gabriel Oduah, noted that the departed member of the Council was not only a faithful and noble member of the Order but also was passionately committed to the development of Owerri Diocese as he also contributed towards the building of the Cathedral Church of -Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL).
In their separate tributes, Mr Paschal Dozie and Chief I.D. Nwoga described the departed Mbaise Diocese Chancellor, as a fine gentleman, generously endowed by God with high capacity intelligence, and one who was never loud, despite his achievements.
Presenting a tribute captioned: A Dedicated Anglican Christian: “Sir Bon Nwakanma, SAN OON”, the immediate past Chief Judge of Imo State and Lord Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu, Hon Justice B.A. Njemanze KSC, noted that Sir Bon identified with Anglicanism at a very early age, hence, acceding to him, he grew up to become a true and dedicated Anglican.
Sir Bon, he added, deployed his energy, intellect and finance, to see to the creation of the Anglican Diocese of Mbaise, emphasizing that as a Chancellor, he was always on hand to offer proper advice to the Bishop and the Diocese.
A frontline politician from Mbaise Diocese, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, who appreciated His Lordship, Rt. Rev Cyril Okorocha Ph.D, the Anglican Bishop of Owerri, for packaging the service of tributes, stated that Sir Bon, during his life time, was a source of moral succor and inspirational recourse to most Imo citizens, especially those who crossed his path, adding that, as a Community Leader, he ensured that his immediate communities lived in peace with the benefit of his experience, capacity, and contact.
The service attracted and the presence of many other distinguished personalities including the wife of the Bishop of Owerri, Dr (Mrs) Eunice I. Okorocha (Mama Owerri) and CIergymen.