By Uzo Ugwunze
Oba (Idemili South LGA), Nov. 24, 2020 (MOI) Illustrious sons and daughters of Oba, Idemili South Local Government living in The Diaspora have been urged to come home and invest intellectual and financial resources in their communities.
The call was made during burial ceremonies of President-General of Oba Patriotic Union (OPU), a retired soldier in the U.S. Army, late Col. Godfrey Onyejegbu, who passed away recently.
Most of the sympathisers, who eulogized the outstanding qualities of the fallen hero, stressed that the Oba community needed more of such experienced people like Onyejegbu to come home and foster development.
Regent of Oba, Prince Noel Ezenwa described late Onyejegbu as one who imbibed the best from the quality of his training in the U.S. Army, as well as used it toward salvaging Oba, his home town.
“The hallmarks of his training include planning, commitment, discipline and patriotism which he used to transform his society. The zeal and dedication with which he embraced his assignment was remarkable.
“It was devastating that Col. Onyejegbu’s life was nipped so early when he came to help in salvaging Oba, especially in this trying moment of picking a new Igwe for Oba,’’ the Regent said.
A Chief in the town, Okwudiba Anyaorah, urged well-placed Oba indigenes to emulate Onyejegbu by coming home to invest as some Igbos who die outside the homestead were usually buried at their home towns.
“The late colonel has left his foot prints in the sands of time. We hope to see more Oba sons, who will be as devoted as him in investing their resources for the good of Oba.
“I advise members of OPU, Lagos branch, if you learn something, new, come home and teach others so that our community can move forward,” he noted.
Another Chief, Sam Odinamadu adds: “in the short time that I have known our late PG, I saw his good intentions for the Oba community and our people.
Chairman for Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), Mr Okechukwu Aniam notes: “Onyejegbu was my confidant. He had already engaged the U.S. government to attract some development projects to Oba.
“Late Onyejegbu was a typical example of ‘Think home practical philosopher’. His eight months in office was equivalent of a12 year-old tenure.”
Chairman, Oba Political Affairs, Mr Ogonna Ndozie urged Oba People in The Diaspora to think home and discover what they could do for Oba community and not “what Oba can do for them’’.
“Onyejegbu was an astute administrator. He ensured division of Labour, created committees, centralised and furnished OPU Secretariat and Security offices and started implementing his blueprint that could have taken Oba to enviable heights.’’
Meanwhile, President Aboji Akanano, Nze Dozie Nweke praised the illustrious sons of Oba, who had been passionate about the progress and well being of the Oba community.
The OPU, Acting PG, Mr Clifford Enendu thanked people who came from far and near to commiserate with Oba people.
Enendu described Onyejegbu as a selfless leader, who lived for peace and progress of residents of Oba whether indigenes or non indigenes, calling on all to help to make Oba great again.
A member, OPU women executive, Mrs Ngozi Onwuka noted that late Onyejegbu was god send, pleading with Oba people to come home and continue from where he stopped.
Dignitaries, who paid their last respects, include National President, Anambra State Association of Town Unions, Mr Alex Onukwue and Chairman Oganiru Idemili Movement, Mr Augustine Ejibendu.
Others are Ven. Izuchukwu Obiekwe, the burial officiating Minister, Chief Ifeatu Uzowulu and Mr Ikenna Okeke, both former PGs of OPU. (MOI)