From EMMANUEL UZOR, Onitsha
Former Secretary General of the Commonwealth of Nations , Chief Emeka Anyaoku yesterday marked his 80th birthday and 50th wedding anniversary at his country home, Obosi in Idemili North Council area of Anambra state amidst pomp even as President Goodluck Jonathan and other notable Nigerians congratulated him and his wife.
Speaking during the church service to mark the occasion, the Primate and Metropolitan Archbishop of All Nigeria, Rt Rev Nicholas Okoh described Chief Anyaoku’s life as “worth living… A life full of God’s favour and kindness” even as he tasked him to re-dedicate his remaining life time to the service of the black race. Rev Okoh said that the country though passing through a lot of security challenges could still stand if only the leaders become servant leaders who will be ready to devote their lives to the service of God and humanity.
He urged the Anyaokus to always remember that they were kept together by God for the purpose of protecting the society as well protecting the black race, adding “your ability to say and stand by the truth must always be impeccable and doing that, you must be the servant of the people” In his goodwill message, President Goodluck Jonathan expressed joy over the ripe age the Anyaokus have attained and prayed God to protect them and grant them more fruitful years to serve the country.
President Jonathan who was represented by the Minister for Labour and Productivity, Mr. Emeka Worgu described the former Commonwealth General Secretary as a leader whose commitment to the growth of the country is total and called on him to re-dedicate himself to the service of God and humanity. In his own congratulatory message, former Head of state of Nigeria, Gen Yakubu Gowon (rtd) prayed God to “bless and protect the Anyaokus to be able to serve the country and black race.”
Governors Peter Obi of Anambra state, Theodore Orji of Abia state and former governor of Lagos state, Ahmed Bola Tinubu eulogized the celebrants and described them as good and great Nigerians who stand for unity of the country. Among top government officials that attended the occasion are Governor Adams Oshiomole of Edo state, senators Chris Ngige, Andy Uba, Annie Okonkwo, Joy Emordi and Osita Izunaso among others.