Obi Commiserates with Awka Diocese, Nimo Catholic Community, over Death of Priests

By Jude Atupulazi

The Vice Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2019 elections, Mr Peter Obi, has condoled with the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor and the entire Nimo Catholic Community over the death of two Nimo indigenous priests: Rev Fr Paul Akpu and Rev Fr Ikem Oliobi.

Obi, in his condolence message, stated that both priests were elder statesmen of the Church who spent years in formative institutions raising younger priests. He described their deaths as a huge loss to the Church.

Obi recounted his encounter with Fr Oliobi recently when he visited the Awka Diocesan Priests’ Welfare Home in Awka. He said his interaction with the late priest showed he was a man who was dedicated in his priestly apostolate.

‘We cannot question the Will of the Almighty whose decision is final. We take solace in the fact that the priests discharged their priestly duties well and contributed in building the Church of Christ.

‘May God console the Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor; the Nimo Catholic Community, and the entire Catholic Diocese of Awka, for the loss of these great soldiers of Christ,’ Obi said, while praying God to reward their labours on earth with eternal rest in heaven.