By Azunna Obasi.
The death of Noble Sir Christopher Onyeso Ugwu; former Chairman of Customary Court and Noble of Knight of St. John International who passed out on June 5, 2020 at the graceful age of 85, has virtually turned his Ozara Mbutu Mbaise, Imo state country home into a mourning chamber for those who have either encountered him or touched by his life.
Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu; Apostolic nuncio to Trinidad and Tobago was among the early callers who condoled with the Ugwu’s family over the death of their husband and father. The titular Archbishop of Aquaviva who wrote to the family from the Port of Spain on July 15, 2020 prayed for all those who have been touched by the demise of the late Sir Ugwu, who laboured much for the Church and the society. The prelate noted that although Sir Ugwu died at the graceful age of 85, he was never old before his family and all who are dear to him. He prayed for his happy repose.
Relatedly, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Theophilus Nwalo of Ahiara Diocese has also paid a scheduled visit to the family of the late community leader. The retired cleric while signing the book of condolence observed that Sir Ugwu was exemplary in the Order of Knight of St. John International, his family and community. In his conversation with the wife of the deceased; Lady Justina Ugwu, he relished and relived with nostalgia the efforts made by Sir Ugwu in Ahiara Diocese especially in the land acquisition Committee. Mgsr Nwalo is the Chaplain of KSJI District 5, Mbaise.
The Special Adviser to President Mohammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity; Mr. Femi Adesina has also joined the queue of sympathizers eulogizing the late Sir Christopher Onyeso Ugwu. Adesina in his letter addressed to one of his sons; Dan Ugwu with reference SH/SA-MP/Con/20 described the deceased as a good family man who raised his children in the fear of God. He eulogized Sir Ugwu as a foremost leader whose life made huge impacts on his children, his people and community.
The torrents of tributes so far received by the family span through individuals from various works of life, who have either encountered the late community leader or touched by his attributes.
Among those who have paid in tributes include the APGA chieftain; Ezinwa Stanley Amuchie, Col. Livinus Agi and Brig. Gen. Kola Olowu, noble scribe and grand master of the Nigerian Temple of the Knighthood; Mr. Peter Claver Oparah, founding member of Sahara reporters; Fan Ndubuoke, Imo state NFF Boss and a host of other dignitaries.
Catholic clerics in their numbers have also thronged the Ugwu’s family home to pay tribute to the late Sir Ugwu and commiserate with his family. Fielding questions with newsmen, Rev. Fr. Fabian Njoku of Ahiara Diocese described the deceased as a man who made a difference with his life.
The late Sir Ugwu was a retired civil servant who made his marks at the Federal Ministry of Finance and Industry as the Chief Executive Officer of Accounts. He was a community leader and a devout member of Knight of St. John International where he rose to the rank of a noble. His remains will be interred on August 13, 2020 after a funeral mass the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Mbutu Mbaise. He is survived by his wife and children.