By Emeka Akoma, Umuahia
Former president of Rotary Club of Umuahia North, District 9142, Rtn. Ekele Ochiabuto has described the late traditional ruler of Okwuta-Ibeku autonomous community, Umuahia, Abia State, Eze Dan Egbeogu as an ardent progressive, a human capital developer and a community builder.
Interacting with a cross section of journalists in Umuahia, shortly after the interment of the traditional ruler, Rtn. Ochiabuto lamented that Okwuta community, Southeast and the Nigeria as a whole has lost a rare breed.
His words, “HRH Eze Sir (Hon) Dan Egbeogu was a great. So far, I can say that he is the most illustrious son that Okwuta community has ever produced. He was a perfect gentleman with a compact personality. He was a man of integrity, modesty, and humility. He never bothered himself with what he does not have, in the sense that he was a very contented person.
“HRH was a peacemaker, a pacesetter and undeniably an ardent progressive. Above all, he was a human capital developer and a community builder.
“As his mentee, I learnt so much from him. He would tell me that the secret of getting is in giving. Which explains why he was such a generous man. On the religious front, he was a devout Catholic. In fact, he sponsored me into the Order of Knighthood of St. Mulumba. He almost touched all critical areas of human development during his lifetime. Indeed, he has left a vacuum that will take a long time to fill. My prayer is that God in His infinite mercies should grant his soul eternal repose and also grant us the fortitude to bear the loss.
“Okwuta community, Isieke, Ibeku, Umuahia, Abia State, the Church and indeed the country as a whole, have lost a rare breed”.
Consoling the Egbeogu’s family and Okwuta lbeku autonomous community in Umuahia North LGA over the death of their father and Traditional Ruler, Eze Sir Dan Egbeogu, earlier during the funeral service at St. Michael’s Catholic Community, Okwuta-Ibeku, the State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu described the demise of Eze Egbeogu as a sad and great loss to the state.
Dr. lkpeazu who extolled the sterling qualities of the ex-legislator, further described him as a humble friend, brother and perfect gentleman that gave his best to his children, community, the Catholic Church as well as served the state in various capacities that impacted positively on everyone.
While paying his last respect to Sir Dan Egbeogu, the governor represented by his Deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu said he is not unmindful of the inevitability of death which is beyond the control of man and advised all to use the period to reflect on their lives on earth by living exemplary lives.
He enjoined children of the deceased to take heart and not mourn as those without hope, but to sustain those sterling qualities their late father was noted for and prayed God to grant his soul eternal rest.
In their remarks, the ex-legislators of the Abia State House of Assembly who spoke through Chief Emeka Stanley, the Chairman, Umuahia North Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze John lbezim and a representative from the Order of the Knight of St. Mulumba, Sir Chidi Onwuchuruba described their late member as a man of strong character, truthful, committed and a complete gentleman that was an asset to them and prayed God to console the bereaved family, the Okwuta lbeku Community and entire State on the irreparable loss.
Earlier in his homily, the Rev Father Mike Ukah who reminded everyone that they are all pilgrims on earth, said the real essence of life and happiness can only be found in following and communing with Jesus Christ in every life situation and described the deceased as a great man and devout Christian of the Catholic Faith while praying God to grant his soul eternal rest.
Presenting the biography on behalf of the family, Mr Uzo Dan Egbeogu said their late father was not only a pillar of strength to his family, friends and all that came in contact with him, but also rendered quality service to the upliftment of his community, church and state at large in various capacity and thanked all for coming to identify with them in their moment of grief.
Late Eze Sir Dan Egbeogu aged 72 was a former member of Abia State House of Assembly, immediate past Chairman, Local Govt Service Commission, as well as a former Chairman BCA Board of Directors among other positions and survived by six children, seven grandchildren and other numerous relatives.
The members of the State Executive Council, top Government officials, former members of the state House of Assembly Traditional Rulers, the Clergy including the Auxiliary Bishop of Umuahiah Catholic Diocese, The Most Rev Dr, Michael Kalu Ukpong and other distinguished personalities attended the burial ceremony.