The remains of the former National President of the Nigeria Christian Graduate Fellowship and Consultant Surgeon/Professor of Surgery, Charles Adeyinka Adisa have been interred in his private residence in Aba, Abia State, amidst tears.
The event also turned out to be a celebration of a good life lived with noteworthy legacies.
The funeral sites at the graveside were conducted by the District Overseer of the Foursquare Gospel Church, Onitsha, Rev. Chukwuka Ekeoma who prayed for the repose of the soul of the dead and led the widow, Mrs. Chizoba Adisa, the children and family members in the committal.
At a well-attended funeral/commendation service held in the premises of Maranatha Schools, Aba, the Provost of the LIFE Theological Seminary, Lagos, Rev. Dr. Cletus Orgu in his sermon asserted that the Bible does not attach much theological significance to how long we were in this world and the manner of our death, but the nature of life we led and our relationship with God.
Rev. Dr. Orgu, who made references to the books of Acts 20:24 and 2 Timothy 4: 7&8, explained that God had a purpose for everyone and charged the congregation to ensure that they accomplished the purpose of God concerning their lives, stressing that the will of God is for believers to advance His Kingdom on earth.
While calling on Christians to avoid distractions in their daily living and not to make a shipwreck of their faith, the preacher identified good works as part of the legacies that will endure even after death and alluded to the life of Dorcas in the Bible.
The funeral service featured tributes and testimonies on the exemplary life of Prof. Charles Adisa and the great impact he made in the field of Medicine and in the Kingdom of God.
The eldest son, Mr. Daniel Adisa described their father as a distinguished surgeon, a prolific writer, an accomplished farmer, a proficient academic researcher and a loving family man who had a beautiful and wonderful journey on earth and taught the children what it truly meant to serve God.
Mr. Daniel Adisa said the life of their father would always remain an inspiration to the family and promised to uphold the legacies he left behind.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), represented by the General Secretary, Barrister Joseph Daramola, described Prof. Charles Adisa as an “astute scholar, a committed Christian, an outstanding strategist, an unusually courageous servant of God and God’s angel sent to the Association to carry out specific assignments for the Body of Christ in Nigeria.”
CAN disclosed that Prof. Adisa deployed his intellectual acumen to fight for the freedom of the oppressed and the rights of the Church of God in Nigeria, adding that through him, the voice of the Church in Nigeria reached the corridors of power and brought about some changes in the country, including the restoration of the teaching of Christian Religious Knowledge in the secondary school curriculum.
The Association said the deceased believed in the unity of the Church in Nigeria and participated in several peace efforts among believers.
On his part, the National President of the Nigeria Christian Graduate Fellowship (NCGF), Professor Chuks Eboka commended the untiring efforts of his predecessor, Prof. Adisa who, according to him, took the Fellowship to greater heights and relevance in the affairs of the country.
Prof. Eboka assured that the legacies of Prof. Adisa would be built upon in the interest of the nation and to the greater glory of God and further assured the bereaved family of the support and prayers of NCGF.
Tributes were also given by the Nigeria Medical Association, Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), Intercessors for Nigeria, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Aba Elders Community, Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria, Africa Vision Tract House Society (the missionary arm of NCGF) and several other groups and individuals.
There was a presentation of Professor Adisa’s academic gown to his son, Daniel by the West Africa College of Surgeons represented by the 2nd Vice President, Prof. Emmanuel Ezome and assisted by the Chairman of NMA, Abia State, Dr. Godswill Okwuonu with a charge to the son for the flag of excellence to keep flying in the family.
Prof. Charles Adeyinka Adisa was born on January 5, 1965 in Ibadan, had his primary and secondary education in Oyo and studied Medicine and Surgery at the University of Ibadan emerging as the best graduating student in his class in 1988. He trained as a surgeon at the University College Hospital, Ibadan and the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu. He was a member of several professional bodies and Christian organizations.
Until his death, he was a Professor of Surgery at the Abia State University and a Consultant Surgeon at the Abia State University Teaching Hospital. He died on December 28, 2020 leaving behind his dear wife, Mrs. Chizoba Adisa, children, relations as well as Christian brothers and sisters.
President, NCGF Benin Chapter