It was a moment of solemnity amidst deluge of outpouring, day indigenes, friends and well-wishers of Arochukwu and the entire kingdom bid farewell to late Eze Ogbonnaya Okoro popularly known as Eze Aro.At the final burial rites on Monday, April 5, 2021, both the young and old were at their best in display as the remains of Eze Aro were eventually interred.One by one, the indigenes of Arochukwu in Arochukwu local government area of Abia state took turns to eulogise the lives and times of the departed first class Traditional Ruler.The Chairman, Aro National Rites of Passage Committee, Prof. Okoro Ijeoma, described the deceased king as highly talented, educated, relaxed and very respectful.He said the late traditional ruler sacrificed a lot for the peace of his community.Prof. Okoro used the occasion to draw the attention of the federal government on the deplorable state of Arochukwu/Ohafia highway.He said the completion of the road would be the best way to immortalise the highly respected late Monarch.”We have had a road which is in despair and it was one of those agonies that faced him when he was alive and we want a lasting legacy for the road to be fixed to honour him, because that is how we can grow economically and socially,” he said.Also speaking, a two-time governorship candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance now one of the top APC leaders in Abia state Dr Alex Otti who chaired the burial event commended the chairman of the National Committee on the burial rites of passage and committees for working so hard to organise a befitting burial for the Aro monarch. He also thanked Aro sons and daughters both at home and in the diaspora for their huge financial contributions to the burial and encouraged them to maintain the spirit of unity engendered by the event.”He remarked that the entire Aro people are consoled by the legacies the late Eze Aro left behind. Dr. Otti then prayed to God to show him mercy and grant his soul eternal rest, while calling on the immediate family of the deceased and the entire Aro kingdom to bear the loss with fortitudeConvener of the New Nigeria Group, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, said the late Eze Aro loved his community and Nigeria at large.He said, “Late Mazi Ogbonnaya Okoro, preached peace and collective responsibility towards the development of his community while on the throne. Each time we visited him, he will tell us that the crown he was wearing was also on our heads, therefore we must work hard to protect it.”He wanted all of us to be involved in seeking the peace, progress and development of the Arochukwu Kingdom.“He never demanded anything from anyone, he was content with what he had. He was an extraordinary king, one would have expected him to be more demanding but he wasn’t.Born on Monday, March 6, 1932, Mazi Ogbonnaya Okoro, he ascended the famous Eze Aro throne in 1995 and his reign witnessed tremendous transformation of the kingdom and growth in inter-communal relations.Among other positions, Eze Ogbonnaya Okoro, was a first-class traditional ruler and occupied one of the ancient traditional stools in Nigeria and was the custodian of the Aro heritage worldwide.He passed on after a protracted illness.
*Nkerefi Community shut down by captains of industries, political allies, oil expatriates_
*Extols Gov. Ugwuanyi’s exemplary leadership_
*Pledges commitment to agricultural revolution and non-oil export resources_
It was jubilation and fanfare yesterday at the thanksgiving reception of Honourable Engineer Mike Ogbuekwe at his Nkerefi country home in Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State as people from all walks of life stormed the ancient kingdom in honour of the gaffer and engineering expert.
Engr. Mike Ogbuekwe who had earlier spoken with journalists stated that his thanksgiving was coming at a time God was showing his grace and faithfulness in his life. He disclosed that the journey wouldn’t have been possible without God, hence, the reason for the thanksgiving celebration.
While at the church, St. Patrick Catholic Church (Mount Zion), Nkerefi, where the thanksgiving Mass was celebrated, there was what seemed like a show of wealth and affluence by captains of industries and business magnates from Anambra as they dominated the list of generous donors toward the ongoing church building. While displaying their philanthropic acts at the church ground, many of the donors testified to the goodness of God in their lives.
Meanwhile, at the reception which held at Ogbuekwe’s mansion, our reporter noted the lack of space as the mammoth of people that graced the occasion, deferring status, class, colour, age, gender almost overwhelmed the security. Guests had come from faraway south west, south south and the north to celebrate with their colleague whom they described as “an Engineer with a difference in oil and gas industry and non-oil resources driven economy.” The colossal crowd forced the extension of the space beyond the stretch of the immediate vicinity to as far as some meters away.
There were the presence of top government functionaries from the 5 southeast states, such as commissioners, Managing Directors, Special Advisers, Members of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Members from different Houses of Assembly of states, and other governments’ corporations both federal and states.
Visibly noticed were also popular captains of industries, business moguls, entrepreneurs, downstream expatriates from multinational engineering companies, and automobile experts who had come to show solidarity with one of their folds.
Addressing his teeming well wishers and supporters, the former adviser to Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra state and current serving Special Adviser on Agriculture to Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu, immensely appreciated the governor for having confidence on his capacity to deliver and take the state beyond the petro-dollar dependent economy.
Engr. Ogbuekwe who further said the governor has performed beyond people’s expectations and has taken the state to envious height making it a topnotch state in the country in terms of internal revenue generation and prudent management of accrued resources, extolled Ugwuanyi’s leadership standard as second to none in Nigeria.
According to the United States trained Engineer, “Our working and performing Governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has shown by his leadership model that good governance is still possible in the country. We can see how the system has transformed for better within a space of few years under the able leadership of His Excellency. He has set the pace for leadership which others must follow if Nigeria is to make any progress. Our happiness today is that Enugu state has made impressive progress in infrastructure, human capital development, entrepreneurship and agriculture. This was only possible because of one man; Rt. Hon. Ugwuanyi.”
In the same vein, the Special Adviser on Agriculture has reiterated his commitment to make the state a leading state in agriculture. According to him, the state has got the capacity to produce and export agricultural produce to different parts of the world. This, according to him, has been earning the citizens hard currencies. He disclosed that efforts were on ground to make Enugu state a leading state in non-oil export producing state in the country.
In honour of the occasion were the Governor of the state, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, represented by the Hon. Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ik Obi, Prince Akachukwu of Skyshore Group who led other captains of industry from Enugu state, Nkanu East Local Government Chairman, Hon. Prince Uchenna Nwobodo, former Secretary to Enugu Government, and current Executive Chairman, Enugu State Science, Technical, Vocational School Management Board, Dr. GOC Ajah, mni, Enugu State Coordinating PDP Chairman and Nkanu East PDP Chairman, Hon. Prince Emeka Nwatu, Chief Chido Obidiegwu, Chief Barr. Phil Chinwuba, Chief Ifeanyi Aniagor who led other Managing Directors from Anambra state.
Others were Hon. Pharm. Nnamdi Okafor, Member representing the good people of Awka South I constituency who led other Anambra State House of Assembly Members, Nnaemeka Charles (Nani Boi), Permanent Member 4, Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board, Chief Ralf Okoye, Chief Nwabufo, Mrs Stella Stanley, Mrs. Flora Katas who led the Senior Special Assistants to Gov. Obiano, High Chief Ogugua and Chief K C Morah both captains of industries led other business moguls from Anambra state in Diaspora; former Deputy Governor, His Excellency, Bishop Ralph Nwoye, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Religious Matters, Hon. Bishop Chinedu Nwoye.
Others included Hon. Arinze Chilo-Offia, Hon. Pascal Ukwuani, Hon. Ikenna Nwodo, Hon. Dubem Onyia Jr., all of who are serving Special Advisers, Prince Jim Dubem, President-General, Nkerefi Development Union, Hon. Patty Okoh, PDP Youth Leader, Enugu State, Chief Sunny Nwodo (Obele Igwe), Chairman Board of Trustee, Ndigbo United Forum and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Mobilization, Hon. Chinedu Mbah, Special Assistant to the Governor on Culture and President, Nkanu Youth Council (Worldwide), Hon. Monday Diamond Ani, Chief Engr. Chike Nnaji (Igwurube), HRH, Igwe Emmanuel Onukwube, Chief Ndubuisi Ani,ND Motors, Abuja, Enugu State PDP Women led by Women Leader, Hon. Mrs. Vera Ezeugwu, Nkanu East PDP Women, led by Chief Mrs. Ozoemena, Chief Chijioke, Efi na Nkerefi, Managing Director, Chi Motors, Lagos, President Nkanu Youth General Assembly and Technical Assistant to the Governor, Comrade Edeani, among numerous others.
Below are photos from the event:
A Nigerian woman, Anietie from Akwa Ibom State, is now a proud mother as she given birth to a set of triplets, all girls, after 18 years of marriage.
Her cousin, Erinyana Monday, took to her facebook page to share the good news on Sunday, November 8 and described the feeling as one she will live to remember.
Sharing the photo of the proud new mother, Monday wrote ;
“After 18 years of mockery, names calling and all sort, God has finally blessed my cousin with the fruit of the womb, not 1, not 2, but 3 beautiful souls.
It’s a testimony I will ever live to remember, to God be the glory.”