Obiano Pays Final Tribute to Oputa, to Immortalize Ozoemena Nsugbe
Chief Willie Obiano, the governor of Anambra State has lauded the monumental legacy left behind by the late pre-eminent jurist, Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, describing him as an outstanding scholar and fearless jurist whose legacy would last for a long time.
Obiano was among many Nigerians who came in their thousands to pay their last respect to the late legal luminary, Justice Chukwudifu Oputa at his home-town, Oguta, Imo State on Friday.
Addressing newsmen at the requiem mass held in honour of the late justice of the Supreme Court at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Oguta which attracted many dignitaries including members of the Federal and State Executive Councils, National and State Assemblies, governors, and former governors, traditional rulers, organized private sector and the clergy, among others, Chief Obiano bemoaned the seeming passage of Nigeria's finest breed of legal minds and maintained that Oputa was one of the tallest among them all.
According to him, the late Justice Oputa set a high standard other legal practitioners should aspire to emulate, making a tremendous impact in jurisprudence as a scholar, an astute and courageous jurist and a man of integrity.
Obiano prayed God to give his soul peaceful repose and the family courage to bear the loss
Similarly, governor Obiano has promised to build a befitting civic centre in honour of the cultural music legend, Chief Peter Achukwu, popularly known as Ozoemena Nsugbe.
Announced this at the funeral ceremony of the deceased at his country-home in Nsugbe, Chief Obiano issued a directive to all broadcast stations in the State to play the deceased's musical works for one week while all his works would be packaged and preserved for posterity.
He urged Igbo musicians to promote Igbo cultural heritage and traditions through their works and restated that one week would be set aside in December this year for celebration of Igbo customs and traditions.
A youth leader, Mr. Peter Anekwe said Ozoemena Nsugbe was a role model to many and brought pride and honour to Omambala, the State and Nigeria.
Mr. Anene thanked the governor for initiating moves to immortalize the late icon, noting that governor Obiano had within a short period time justified the mandate of the people through purposeful leadership