By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu
The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, His Lordship, Most Reverend Paulinus Ezeokafor, has commiserated with the Primate of Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, His Grace Most Rev Henry Ndukuba and Bishop of Awka, His Grace Rt. Rev Alexander Chibuzo Ibezim, over the death of the former Dean, Church of Nigeria, His Grace Most Rev Maxwell Anikwenwa, OFR.
Reacting immediately the news of the death of Archbishop Anikwenwa filtered in at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral, Awka, Bishop Ezeokafor said that the late Anikwenwa made his mark as a shepherd while on earth, even as he disclosed he received the news with a rude shock.
The Prelate described Archbishop Anikwenwa as a dogged fighter and a committed religious leader who carved a niche for himself through his relentless and daring spirit.
Bishop Ezeokafor said the late Anikwenwa would be sorely missed by all and sundry, especially the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion.
‘He was so vocal in temporal affairs, a focused and fearless Igbo statesman. He did a lot as a Bishop, Archbishop, as well as the Dean of the Church. He grew the Church and brought about many good things to his flock. He was known for his resolute and bold nature.
‘Anikwena started and completed many infrastructural and developmental projects within and outside Awka Diocese. He left giant imprints in his trail while on earth.
He didn’t just build the Church, he built human beings too. He was respected by all,’ Bishop Ezeokafor stated.
‘On behalf of the priests, religious and laity of the Catholic Diocese of Awka, I hereby condole with the Primate of Church of Nigeria, Archbishop Ibezim, his wife and the entire faithful of Anglican Communion.
Bishop Ezeokafor prayed for the quick repose of the late Archbishop Anikwenwa’s soul and also asked God to grant all that he left behind to mourn him the fortitude to bear what he described as irreparable loss.