Anambra: Clergy Calls On Christians To Emulate God’s Love For Humanities


….As Oforkaja Is Buried

By Julie Sylvia, Onitsha

Rev.Fr Ikenna Okparaji, a residence Father of St Anthony’s Catholic Church Ifite Nanka, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State has advised Christians to emulate God’s love which he said is the greatest among all the commandments of God.

Okparaji made the call in an interview with Newsman at Oforkaja family in Ifite Nanka during the burial ceremony of Late Chief Ferdinand Nwankwor Oforkaja, a pioneer member of New Auto Spare Parts Nkpor, Idemili North Local Government Area.

Chief Oforle led the traders in mourning procession

He said, “Christians should emulate God’s love to humanities because if there is love, there would not be hatred, killings, frauds, disobedience and all manner of bad things”.

Describing Oforkaja, he said “Though I did not meet him I have been hearing about his name since I came to this parish(St Anthony), stories about him have told me that he was a good man, he was one of the persons that laid the foundation of this St Anthony’s, the way he has been helping people, the way he welcomes everybody.

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Chief Oforle speaking to the family during the burial with the members of the market at Nanka

“If people can emulate such a man, things would have been better, he loves people, both rich, and poor, demands rs, and children, and renders help to the needy, he was a good man and advised his children to emulate the legacies he left “.

The Chairman of New Auto Spare Parts Nkpor, Chief Obiora Oforle who paid a condolence visit to the deceased in his country home with the landlords and traders in the market described the late Oforkaja as one of the pioneer members of the market, time Vice chairman of the market.

After the church service at Nanka

”He was among those who relocated this New Auto Spare Parts from Moore Street to the present location, Nkpor, we are now benefitting from their achievements which made us where we are today.

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“Despite his age, he followed us to court whenever the need arose, he was the one that provided some of the documents we needed for our matter in court because he keeps, and preserves documents very well, though he died when we needed him most we cannot question God”.

Late Oforkaja at Auto New parts for last respect

Mr Ogechukwu Oforkaja, the first son, in his words described their late father as a man who loves the truth, instead of telling him what you are not sure of, he prefers not to be told at all, very supportive, loving, caring, and kind-hearted.

“I advise my siblings to be one, to imitate the legacies of our late father and pray that God would grant him mercy wherever he didn’t do well”.

Similarly, the second daughter, who also the second child of Late Oforkaja, Mrs. Njideka Ononuju said that she would miss them a lot from father,“ He is like a father, husband, a friend to us, very caring, kind-hearted, jovial, very hospitality, he doesn’t hide highs feeling whenever you wronged him, a lot would be missed about him.


Late Chief Ferdinand Nwankwor Oforkaja earned a title name Onoka Omelu of Nanka for his outstanding contributions to the people of Nanka, until his death, he was the former chairman of New Auto Spare Parts Nkpor, Vice Chairman of St Anthony’s Catholic Church Nanka, among others, he died at the age of 86 years.

Late Chief Oforkaja before his body was conveyed to his country home was brought to New Auto Spare Parts Nkpor, for the trader’s last respect to him, where Chief Oforle led other traders in mourning procession.

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