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By Daniel Obagha :

Onitsha, Aug. 12, 2019 (MOI) Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly (ASHA), Mr Uche Okafor has offered special prayers of long life of Mr & Mrs Gregory Amechi Nzekwu as they marked 50th anniversary of their marriage.

``My prayer is that God will give them long life so that by next year, we also celebrate their 90th and 80th birthdays.

``I also ask God to make their children to continue being great blessings to them,’’ the Speaker said.

Mr Gregory Amechi Nzekwu and his wife, Stella, parent of Chairman/Chief Executive, Anambra State Internal Revenue Service (AIRS) marked their 80th and 70th birthdays.

The event was celebrated at the Archbishop CJ Patterson International Auditorium Complex, All Saints Cathedral, Onitsha.

Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Indigenous Artworks, Culture and Tourism, Mrs Sally Mbanefo said: ``it is a wonderful thing for one’s children to celebrate them at 80 and 70 years’’.

House member, Representing Onitsha South I, Uzoma Eli, congratulated the Chairman of AIRS, Dr Nzekwu, for being a worthy son and thanking God for his parents’ celebrations.

``To grow in age and grey is a blessing from God and to have children who have grown strong and capable is a better blessing.

``And to witness a day like this speaks volume of grace of God,’’ Eli added.

Dr Nzekwu while speaking to newsmen said his parents were very wonderful people. ``I feel excited in celebrating my wonderful mother and father who are 70 and 80.

``Growing up, they kept telling us to keep believing and having hope that one day things will be good. So, I thank God for keeping them up to this age.’’

Wife of Dr Nzekwu, Nkiru, described the celebrators as very kind people. ``They want the best for their children, their wives and in-laws. They are also very religious’’.

Younger brother of Dr Nzekwu, Mr Okey Nzekwu, said their parents were the best anybody could have. ``They taught us to be hard working, God-fearing, grateful and always being better in everything we do.

``My father gave birth to us as four boys and a girl and retired as Chief Transport Officer at the University of Nigeria Nsukka.’’

Earlier in his sermon during thanksgiving Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Inland Town, Onitsha, Rev. Fr. Evaristus Nwagbara, emphasised the importance of faith in the life of Christians.

``It is faith that Mr and Mrs Nzekwu have in God that kept them today to celebrate their 80 and 70 years on earth and still looking young.’’

Responding, the octogenarian, Amechi Nzekwu said: ``Joy has filled my heart. Even if I die now, I will not regret it. I enjoyed my marriage today more than the very day I married my wife.

``The lost glories have come back. God has blessed me. He has done everything for me.’’

His wife, said: ``I am so happy and very grateful to God for what He has done for my family’’.

Relatives, other top government functionaries, captains of industries, AIRS staff and friends of Nzekwus thronged the Auditorium to witness the event.

Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nn’emeka Achebe, Commissioners for Agric Mr Nnamdi Onukwuba and Transport, Mr Uchenna Okafor attended the occasion.

Other dignitaries include Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association, Anambra State chapter, Dr Emmanuel Muonagor and Transition Committee Chairman, Ogbaru, Mr Arinze Chukwuma Awogu. (MOI)