Opinion

Bishop Ezeokafor Mourns Tonimas

By Abuchi Onwumelu
‘The news of his demise came to me as a rude shock. I was somewhat startled. The sad news came to me this morning and it was not palatable at all. He was a man who started life from the cradle with nothing. Many people will miss him, especially the poor and the wretched,’ Bishop Ezeokafor stated.

He described the deceased as a man who worked very hard to become somebody in life, as well as a pillar to many.

‘He invested so much in the social system, in the Church and in the political sphere. Go to his community and see what he has been able to do for them; the difference is clear. He offered his community enormous basic amenities and also delivered many legacy projects.

‘I know him too well. He was my vice chairman Parish Pastoral Council when I was in the parish as a priest, 1989-1992. We worked harmoniously. He was very intelligent and dedicated. Chief Enukeme contributed so much in ensuring a better society for all. Socially, politically, he was there. He parted with his resources just to see people rejoice,’ Bishop Ezeokafor said.

The visibly touched cleric said the Diocese had lost someone he described as a kindhearted philanthropist, as well as a cheerful and generous giver, noting that the Diocese would surely miss his financial, material and intellectual contributions.

Bishop Ezeokafor while condoling the family, prayed for the quick repose of his soul, even as he asked God to give his family the grace to bear what he described as an irreparable loss.

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