Posted by Editor | 22 January 2022, 02:51am | 236
Former Governor of Anambra State and Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the 2019 elections, Peter Obi, spared no words on Friday, to eulogise retiring Catholic Bishop of Nnewi Diocese, Most Rev Hilary Paul Odili Okeke.
Obi, at a mass to mark the bishop’s 75th birthday and retirement from active service recalled all the good work he had done in the service of God and humanity, saying they would definitely would be remembered for positively affecting the society.
Obi, who was represented at Bishop Okeke’s Thanksgiving Mass in Nnewi by Joe-Martins Uzodike, who served him as Commissioner for Information and former Commissioner for Transport, Dr Chike Ohamobi, expressed his joy at what he described as a landmark in the life of the bishop.
The former Governor praised Bishop Okeke for his dedication and commitment in the Lord's vineyard over the years, saying: “Greater part of your life has been dedicated to the service of the Lord right from your ordination as a priest in 1974. You have left positive legacies in all the places you have had pastoral experiences, whether as a parish priest, a canon lawyer, a writer, a teacher and as the Bishop of Nnewi Diocese. You are indeed a gift of God to the universal Church.
“As your celebrate your 75th birthday that also marks your retirement, the debt we owe you is to look back to your life and imbibe so many wonderful legacies of yours and apply same in whatever we do for the good of our society and ultimately for our salvation. You shall always remain a beacon of light.
“Even in your retirement, I shall always cherish your friendship deeply as I recall your unalloyed support during my challenging tenure as the Governor of Anambra State. The memories of our trip to Haiti to assist them in rebuilding their Church after the catastrophic earthquake will remain evergreen.”
Obi prayed God to continue to bless the cleric with abundant health and wisdom.