It was indeed a day of tributes and glory at Paul University, Awka, during the day of tribute organized for the late Dr Alex Ekwueme, former Vice President of Nigeria.
Former Governor of Anambra State, Dame Virgy Etiaba, at the event, urged Ndigbo to be united in order to regain their pride of place in the country, extolling the efforts of the late Icon in establishing institutions of learning in the country. This is even as she feared that the lacuna created by the demise of the late Ekwueme may not be filled.
In a remark, the Anglican Bishop of Awka Diocese, Right Reverend Alexander Ibezim, described the late former Vice President as a good Christian who upheld his faith seriously.
Bishop Ibezim said that the late Dr Ekwueme demonstrated acts of heroism in politics, maintaining that decency and moderation were his watch words. He urged other politicians to borrow a leaf from Ekwueme's life style.
For his part, the traditional ruler of Awka, Obi Gibson Nwosu, said Dr Ekwueme was among those who designed Abuja as a city and was also among those who initiated the idea of six geopolitical zones in the country.
The traditional ruler of Enugwu-ukwu, Igwe Ralph Ekpeh, also extolled the impact of the late sage in developing Anambra State and Nigeria in general and called for his immortalization.
The Vice Chancellor, Paul University, Awka, Venerable Professor Uche Isiugo-Abanihe, praised the efforts of Ekwueme in making the institution what it had become today and promised to name one building in the school after Dr Alex Ekwueme as a way of immortalizing him in the school.
The traditional ruler of Oko, Igwe Laz Ekwueme, said such event would encourage others to be more patriotic to their society.
In his contribution, the state chairman Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene, commended the late Dr Ekwueme on his scholarship scheme that benefited many Igbos, noting that Ekwueme started his think home philosophy earlier, while disclosing that he was instrumental to the return of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.
Meanwhile Reverend Professor Benjamin Osisioma has become a priest of the Anglican Communion, Diocese of Awka, as he was part of those the Bishop of Awka Diocese, Right Reverend Alexander Ibezim, ordained at the Cathedral Church of Saint Faith, Awka, during an advent ordination in which sixteen deacons were made priests.
Earlier in a sermon, the retreatant, Venerable Professor Udobata Onunwa, who dwelt on the theme, ''The Pastor as a role model in a broken world'', asked the priests to be faithful servants.