THE People of Isiolor; Ollor village, Nawgu in Dunukofia Local Government Area, Anambra State were thrown into mourning mood, as the remains of their beloved son, brother, uncle, father and friend, Chief John Ikechukwu Nwankwo also known as ‘Agbadi Juleju’ who died after a protracted illness,was laid to mother earth in his compound.
He was the son of the late Chief Louis Nwora Nwankwo and Mrs Adaeze Paulina Nwankwo (Nee HRH Okonkwo Echeazu, Igwe of Nawgu). The late chief John Nwankwo was happily married to Mrs Chinwe-Uzo Nwankwo (Nee Onor) with three kids.
Till his death, Nwankwo was known as a great achiever in various facets of life; politically, socially, educationally, spiritually and scientifically.
As a believer and defender of faith, heresponded to any call that brought development in the community by playing very significant roles, including when he was elected and served with distinction at the Anambra State House Of Representative (ASHA) in 1991 to represent Dunukofia Local Government Constituency as an officer for years.
In his homily Rev. Fr. Zion Paul Ezejemegwa admonished the congregation not be carried away or lose focus by the things of the world as all earthly things will be left behind in the world.
Rev. Ezejemegwa while extolling the virtues of the deceased, prayed for acceptance and eternal rest of his soul in the bosom of the Lord, also admonished christains to also prepare and make their ways straight as death is a unavoidable transition to eternal life and no one knows when it will knock at the door.
Speaking during the burial, Mr Emeka Chiaghanam, who represented the MD/CEO of the Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation(ANPC), publishers of National Light Newspapers, Ka O Di Taa and SportLightXtra, Sir Chuka Nnabuife, consoled the family of the late John Nwankwo, adding that the son of the deceased, Samuel Nwankwo is one of the staff of ANPC.
“We came to share in your grief. Death is inevitable and it is a call that every mortal must answer. You should not weep like those that do not have hope. May God grant you the fortitude to bear the loss”.
The sister of the deceased, Mrs Juliana Nwankwo, described the late Nwankwo as an irreplaceable, vibrant, industrious and benevolent man who has no boundary in his love for his people and a man everybody will want to associate with both within and outside the community.
Mrs Helen Eke, in a solemn mood sympathised with the family, “We all stayed at Makurdi. He is a very well known, good and respected man. In any situation, he always dedicatesd himself and he knew how to care and relate well with people around him. The death of our brother is a big loss to the family and all that knows him…”
The eldest son, Mr. Samuel Nwankwo, soberly expressed that his father will be greatly missed and there is no one that can fill the vacuum he left.” There is nothing like the love of a father. My dad even at the time of death was a very courageous man. May God in his infinite mercy grant him eternal rest.
The burial attracted past and present government officials among which are members of the House of Representative, lecturers, priests, relatives and well wishers who came to console and share in the grief of the bereaved family.