Work is to commence soon at the proposed St. Emmanuel Anglican Church site, Urueze, Oba.This is because the family of late Sir Emmanuel Nwagbo Madekwe has released funds mobilised for the Building Committee.
The multimillion naira bank draft was handed out by the eldest son, Sir Emeka Madekwe (Nnanyelugo Oba), during the outing service/Iyipu Akwa of their late father at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Oba.
The family of Madekwe, who was Odu of Oba, was laid to rest last December, during which they pledged to construct a Church at Urueze village in his memory.
Presenting the draft to the Anglican Bishop on the Niger, Rt. Rev. Owen Nwokolo, represented by Ven. David Udoezike of Oba Archdeaconry, Emeka Madekwe urged Christians to continue to pray for peace in Nigeria.
“I feel elated today fulfilling our promise. We are simply toeing the footsteps of our father.
“He was a man of his word who contributed immensely to the work of God and humanity.
“I am grateful to God. My father kept faith with God, kept his promises and cared for his community. We pray that God will grant us the strength to at least be like him.
“He was a good man worthy of emulation and immortalisation. So, we decided to build a Church in the neighbouring village, Urueze not a Cathedral as earlier reported by a section of the media.
“Although, it is the prerogative of the Church authority to name the church but we pray it be named after our father’s first name Emmanuel hence `St. Emmanuel Anglican Church’, Urueze,” said Madekwe.
Ven. Udoezike thanked God for helping the family to fulfil such a gigantic vow within such a short period of time praying to God to continue to bless the family spiritually and financially.
Meanwhile, some family friends and community stakeholders who witnessed the presentation of the bank draft and church building plan during the outing service said that they were not surprised at the gesture.
They include Augustine Emelobe (Onwa Oba), former Chairman Idemili South, Prince Henry Ezenwa, Chief Okwudiba Anyaora (Ijele Oba), Chief (Sir) Boniface Onyeka (Okom II of Oba) and Mr Alexander Orakwue (Ochendo Oba).
According to Emelobe, their father would be missed but I thank God he left behind intelligent children who have taken after him.
Prince Ezenwa said: “It will be not unusual for the family not to keep their promises, especially if you knew their father, who keeps his vow.’’
Chief Onyeka said they have started the work and God would reward them.
“It was unfortunate that their father died when Oba was about making him a king because of his past contributions toward the development of Oba community.
“There is nothing done in memory of their father including building a church that will be too expensive. I pray they should beware of gossip and continue to live in unity,” said Anyaora. Mr Orakwue described late Madekwe as a man committed to God, Oba community and humanity, praying to God to enable his children to complete the church building.