By Peter Nwasike
Former governor of Anambra State and presidential candidate of Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi, has described his late maternal uncle, Chief Sylvester Nwobu Alor as a consummate politician and a man whose passion was for the good of humanity through politics of principle.
Obi, who stated this during the funeral of Nwobu Alor in Agulu recently, said that the deceased, a Second Republic lawmaker, played a crucial role in his, (Obi’s) political journey and recalled how he consulted the deceased at critical moments, noting that Nwobu Alor made him a better politician.
‘As we, his extended family, are joined by his political and many other associates to mourn him, we are comforted by his legacy of service which he demonstrated in diverse areas, especially in politics, where he mentored many.
‘His contributions to community service, as one-time President General of Agulu People’s Union; his administrative pedigree; honest leadership and love for the truth; will remain an inspiration to many,’ Obi said, while praying God for the repose of the soul of the deceased politician.
Nwobu Alor died on October 7, 2022 and was buried on Friday, January 13, 2023, at his country home, Agulu, in Anaocha Local Government Area, Anambra State.
Many people who attended the funeral paid glowing tributes to him, among whom were the former Commissioner of Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Dr. Chinwe Anowai, who described the deceased as an epitome of wisdom, knowledge, diligence and truth and who believed in team work.
She noted how the late Nwobu Alor was appreciative of the roles honest people played in achieving democracy in Anambra State, especially during the Obi Regime, in which, she said, led to qualitative governance in which appointments were based on competence, merit and trustworthiness. She prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased.
Other tributes were from Chief Sir Chris Chikwelu; Hon. Nduka Alor; Senator Sir Victor Umeh; Senator (Mrs) Uche Ekwunife; Hon. Dozie Nwankwo; Chief Damian Obi; among others.
At the Funeral Mass at Madonna Catholic Church, Agulu, attended by many priests, including Rev. Fr. Joseph Nwanna (Parish Priest); Rev. Fr. Fabian Obi; among others, Rev. Fr. Joseph Nwanna, in his sermon, eulogized the late Nwobu Alor as one who used his position as a politician to render diligent service to humanity and exhibited piety in his relationship with God.
The late Nwobu Alor, who was born in 1937 in Amatutu Village, Agulu, served as a President General of Agulu Community, as well as a legislator in the Old Anambra State House of Assembly in Enugu (1979-1983).
A successful businessman, he was survived by his wife, Princess Chinelo, two sons and three daughters, brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces, and many relations.