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Former GM, Editor Graphic Newspaper, Fidel Egwuche laid to rest amidst tears



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By Friday Idachaba
Former General Manager, Graphic Newspapers, Kogi State owned weekly tabloid,
Mr Fidel Egwuche, has been laid to rest in his country home, Omabo in Ibaji Local Government Area of the state amidst tears and wailing over his sudden death.

Earlier in a Requiem Mass in his honour at the Arch Angel Gabriel, Michael and Raphael Catholic Church, Gadumo, Lokoja, Rev. Father Rowland Nwakpuda of Abuja Catholic Diocese called on Christians to rededicate their lives to God in Service.

Rev. Fr Nwakpuda urged Christians to leave good legacies that would attract heavenly salvation and societal benefits and as well, be faithful, spiritually guided to make their paths straight.

The cleric noted that late the Egwuche, 68, who died on July 15, 2021, had completed his earthly sojourn but would be remembered by his worthy legacy toward the work of God and lives he impacted in the society.

In his remarks, the Auxiliary Bishop of Abuja Catholic Diocese, Most Rev. Anselm Umoren MSP, who led the Bishop of Lokoja Catholic Diocese and 52 other Reverend Fathers to the Funeral Mass acknowledged that late Fidel Egwuche lived a fulfilled life worthy of emulation.

The Bishop and 52 orher Rev. Fathers were in Lokoja, in solidarity with their colleague, Rev. Stephen Attah Egwuche, son of the late Egwuche stressed the need for every living soul to have the fear of God in their daily activities “to straighten their kingdom paths”.

Receiving the remains of late Journalist and Administrator at Onyedega, headquarters of Ibaji Local Government, the Ejeh and Chairman, Ibaji area Traditional Council of Chiefs, Chief John Egwuemi, described late Egwuche as an ICON who always “bulldoze his way to bring smile to the faces of citizenry.”

Chief Egwuemi appreciated the legacy of late Fidel Egwuche, especially his contributions toward the socio-economic development of Ibaji and Kogi state at large.

Earlier, Chairman of Ibaji Local Government, Hon. Williams Ikojo, pointed out that the legacy left behind by late Egwuche, especially as the first Sole Administrator of the Local Government was unquantifiable “as we always consult him for administrative guidelines.”

The Chairman donated the sum of N150,000 un behalf of the council towards the burial and commended the Central Planning Committee, headed by Dr Jonathan Okpanachi
for its tireless efforts the success of the programme.

Our Correspondent recalls that late Fidel was a correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN); News Editor and later Deputy Editor, Sunday Voice Newspapers in Benue state; Editor and GM Graphic Newspapers after the creation of Kogi state in 1991.

Egwuche was the first Sole Administrator of Ibaji local council in 1996, Ex-Official member, Kogi state land allocation committee, Chairman state Action Committee on Aids, Ad-hoc committee member of the state chieftaincy review committee.

He was appointed permanent secretary in 1998 and later appointed special adviser to the governor on economic matters after his retirement from service.

Other appointments were: Special adviser on information, Special adviser on Bilateral and Multilateral relations, and Special adviser on inter party relations respectively.

Egwuche, born November 25, 1953, was buried in his home town Omabo amidst weeping, wailing and freely flowing tears from his six children and wife, Mrs Philomena Egwuche, family, friends, colleagues and well-wishers from all walks of life. (Ends).

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Ezeife’s daughter gives reason her father supported Obi




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The first daughter of the late Gov. Chukwemeka Ezeife, Okwadike, Dr Mrs Ogelue C. Ezeife Ugorji, has her father strongly supported the presidential candidate of the Labour Party Peter Obi in the 2023 Presidential election.
She said her father known for his firm stand on justice and equity, threw his weight behind Obi because he looked forward to a better and more united nation where every Nigerian would be treated justly and given a fair chance to succeed.
A statement issued by the Spokesperson of Peter Obi Media Reach (POMR) Dr Yunusa Tanko quoted her to have explained further that her Father strongly believed that Peter Obi would have made it happen.

Dr. Ezeife-Ugorji made the revelation while paying a glowing tribute to her late father, Gov. Chukwemeka Ezeife, at his Commendation Service in Awka. Gov. Ezeife was the first civilian governor of Anambra State and an elder statesman. As part of his final journey home, a commendation service was held for him in Awka yesterday.

Speaking of his well-lived life, Dr Ugorji stated that her father, Okwadike, held justice and equity very highly.
She narrated how Okwadike, during his last visit to the United States of America before his death, revealed that his unwavering support for Mr Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, was borne out of his deep conviction that Obi would build a just and equitable nation.

She further described the late Okwadike as a man of wisdom, a lover of peace, and an emblem of unity.
She said Okwadike was a truly detribalized Nigerian who related to everyone irrespective of tribe or religion. She prayed to God to grant her beloved father eternal rest and to grant that his hopes of a just and equitable Nigeria be actualized.

The event was well attended by many dignitaries and revered Nigerians, including the Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Charles Soludo; President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu; Former Governor of Enugu State, Okwesilieze Nwodo; Former Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chris Ngige, and many others.

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Touching story of Obi Cubana, wife




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When my wife was carrying my younger son Zillion in her womb, she asked me to promise her a gift when she puts to birth.

2months after, Zillion came.

A month later when I was sure she could go out with the baby, I took her to a big phone shop.

She had asked me for a particular phone.

My mother inlaw went with us. I didn’t know she was listening to our conversation with the dealer.

When she heard the price, her mood changed immediately. The front desk guys noticed it but couldn’t ask why.

Standing right there, I took my mind back to years ago when this woman was with me in an uncompleted building.

One night being our first day of washing clothes for people, we had finished this set of dresses and the owner asked us to deliver that same night.

We had not eaten since morning because the little money we had, we used it for buying of soap and starch.

We waited and eventually went to the man’s house at 9pm when he returned from work and handed the clothes to the wife.

She took it into their room.

1hour later, no one came out to see us. We waited and waited until the househelp finally came out and excitedly I felt she brought our money.

She approached me and said she wants to lock the door, they’re going to bed.

My wife was pregnant, she had not eaten and her stomach was beginning to hurt.

We got up, walked out and left their compound. They never paid us till today. It’s been a decade and yesterday evening I went to wash my car, lo and behold, the man who pleaded with me to park it in his own side so he could wash is the same man whom I washed dresses for and he refused to pay me till today.

He didn’t even know me.

I only introduced myself when I paid him and was driving out. Never seen a human statue but I think I saw a human being stand like one yesterday.

That night he did that to us, my wife and I trekked a distance going back because we didn’t have any money for byke.

Finally we saw one boy charging phones for people, my wife gave me her small Nokia phone for us to use and borrow money from that boy so we could eat.

The boy graciously gave us 1000naira and kept the phone. We never saw that phone again.

Back at the phone shop, I knew nothing could equal the price of her sacrifices. I brought out my card and gave them to pay for the phone.

Till we drove home, my mother inlaw didn’t say a word in the car. She was worried that her daughter just wasted my money.

She called her into the room and started complaining bitterly and my wife told her a little story about us.

She couldn’t hold back her tears and she came into my room to say thank you Inlaw.

When you have a wife that stood with you in your trying moments and she fought with you to conquer, the little you can do is appreciate her.

Show her you have not forgotten her love and sacrifices.

Several marriages hit the rocks during trying moments. If yours survived because your spouse had to stand with you, never take it for granted

– Obinna Iyiegbu (Obi Cubana

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Ododo celebrates Tinubu @ 72, Salutes his dedication to reviving Nigerias hope




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Kogi State Governor, Ahmed Usman Ododo has applauded the extraordinary dedication of President Bola Tinubu’s determination to stir up the hope of Nigerians in their country as he turns 72 today.

Special Adviser on Media to the Governor, Ismaila Isah in a statement said the governor joined other Nigerians to celebrate the achievements of President Tinubu and his unwavering commitment, wisdom, and leadership in steering Nigeria towards greater economic prosperity.
He added that the president has brought about significant improvement in the security of lives and property under very challenging circumstances.

Ododo described the President as a steadfast, determined, focused leader and a rare breed of democrat whose commitment to nation building has shaped the development of democratic institutions in Nigeria.

“Mr President as you mark your 72nd birthday today, I extend my warmest wishes on behalf of the government and people of Kogi State to you for your abiding faith in our county and for your love for our state.

“You have dedicated your life to the service of our great nation, demonstrating unwavering commitment, wisdom, and leadership.

“Your steadfast dedication to the welfare and progress of our country serves as an inspiration to us all.

“On this special day, we celebrate not only the milestones of your exceptional life but also your vision for a stronger and more prosperous Nigeria.

“Under your guidance, we shall continue to strive for unity, peace, and development, overcoming challenges and seizing opportunities for the growth and development of our country,” Governor Ododo said.

The Governor called on all Nigerians to reaffirm their collective commitment to building a nation that is inclusive, just, and prosperous under President Tinubu.
According to him, it is imperative for Nigerians to draw inspiration from the President’s leadership and work together towards a brighter future for the country.

Governor Ododo prayed for the grace of sound health, strength and protection upon the life of Mr. President in his efforts to rekindle hope in Nigeria through the reforms initiated under the Renewed Hope Agenda of his administration.

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