During the funeral service of the late Dean of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Rev Maxwell Anikwenwa at St Faith’s Anglican Cathedral in Awka, Mr. Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate in the February 25 election, emphasized the need for leaders to lead by example in response to the current situation in the country.
He stated that public officials must align their behavior, character, and conduct with society’s expectations.
“We can’t continue to preach for people to make sacrifices without sacrificing. The sacrifice must start from the leaders, visibly and measurably, because the people are suffering, and we must now be at the forefront of the suffering”, the former Anambra State governor said…
Obi praised the late Anikwenwa, recognizing him not only as a devoted man of God but also as a remarkable Nigerian who made substantial contributions that extended beyond his role as a pastor. Additionally, Obi acknowledged the significant impact made by Anikwenwa in fostering the development of a better Nigeria.
“Those who know him well must testify that he was involved in advocating for a better Nigeria, good governance and everything,” Obi said.
Presiding over the ceremony, Most Rev Henry Ndukuba, the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, acknowledged that Anikwenwa exemplified the principles for which the Anglican Church is renowned. He expressed that after successfully fulfilling his earthly duties, the esteemed clergyman had now found eternal rest.
The Prelate emphasized the universality of death, stating that it affects everyone equally. He regarded Anikwenwa as a distinguished figure within the Anglican Church, having served as the pioneering Bishop of Awka and Dean of the Church of Nigeria. Ndukuba highlighted Anikwenwa’s commitment to serving God and his genuine love for his people.
The service saw a significant turnout, with more than 100 Archbishops, Bishops, and priests from various parts of the country in attendance.