By Ijendu Iheaka
A former Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) President, Mr. Bonnie Iwuoha was on Thursday laid to rest at his country home of Umuode Ihie in Isiala Ngwa North LGA of Abia.
The Presiding Priest of St Barnabas Anglican Church, Ihie, Archdeacon Kenneth Onuka, in his sermon said the worst thing that could happen to a man is to live without a relationship with God.
He said the death of Boniface Chukwuechefulam Iwuoha reminds humanity that life is terminal and that no man can continue on Earth forever.
“In whatever you are doing, remember that life is terminal.
“Death came because man did what God had asked him not to do
“If you die in sin, you have become a loss to God because God has given everyone a long time to repent from sin.
“The worst thing that can happen to any man is that you have no relationship with Christ.
“To escape from eternity of pain and tears, you have to make peace with God, repent of your sins and forsake them and give your life to Jesus Christ”, he said.
Onuka quoting Ecclesiastes 12: 13-14 said the summary of his sermon is that everyone should fear God and obey his commandments.
The 1974 set of Adventist High School Ihie, (ADIHISCO) led by Mrs. Elizabeth Esochaghi, the Chairperson, Abia State Civil Service Commission paid Iwuoha glowing tributes, and bade him farewell with the promise to keep the flag flying high.
Chief Chinenye Ike, Former House of Representatives member for Isiala Ngwa North and South Federal Constituency said he had a personal relationship with Bonnie who he cherished because he always stood for what is right.
“I knew him closely and he was someone you could trust and believe in. We are going to miss him very much”, he said.
The former Abia Commissioner for Homeland Security, Chief Dan Okoli said Bonnie was not just his elder but very close to him.
He said Bonnie was a man that had the good of others at heart which quality endeared him to everyone including himself, stressing that a man like him would be missed so much.
Late Bonnie Iwuoha, who died on December 20, 2021, was born in 1953 to Mr. Ebenezer Ogbuka and Florence Amandom Iwuoha of Umuokochi, Umuode – Ihie in Isiala Ngwa North local government area of Abia.
He began his career in life as a Teacher at Ehime Mbano Girls Secondary School and later worked at Sports Light Newspapers, Imo Newspapers Limited, and Abia State Newspapers Limited.
He later served also as the Managing Director of Nigeria’s Flagship newspaper, Daily Times Newspapers.
Between 1992 and 1997, he led the Conflict Management Team of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ).
He also served as the National President of the NUJ.
During the tenure of Former governor Theodore Orji, he served as Special Adviser on Media and thereafter, in Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu’s tenure, he served as the Commissioner for Information and Strategy.
His is survived by a wife, Ada Iwuoha and four children, namely Samuel, Daniel, Esther and David Iwuoha.