Bishop Amatu alerts Christians on forgiveness … as Nze Chima Egerue is laid to rest
The Catholic Bishop of Okigwe Diocese, The Most Rev. Dr. Solomon Amatu has alerted Christians on the need to forgive one another as one of the veritable ways to please God.
Officiating at a requiem mass in honor of Nse Simeon Chima Egerue at Holy Ghost Parish, Umuanunu Nsu, Ehime Mbano, Imo State, Amatu called on Christians to ensure that while still alive they impart positively on the lives of others through forgiveness and love.
Delivering a sermon which was centered on how to impart positively on the lives of others through the virtues of love and forgiveness, he admonished Christians saying, “any day you wake up and finish your daily activities without receiving thanks from someone, know it that you have not started.”
Christians, according to Amatu should live exemplary lives adding it will qualify them as heavenly candidates.
“Christ will not come back again to mankind if not through your fellow human being. So treat them well; by doing that you have pleased God,” he added.
Nze Simeon Chima Egerue was born on March 26, 1926 to Nze Joseph and Rachel Achilonu Egerue.
He was privileged to been from both literate and wealthy parents. Nze Simeon and his siblings were exposed to the best education of their time. He had a robust elementary school education and thereafter proceeded to Christ the King College, Onitsha for his college studies.
On successful completion, he followed his desire to be trained as a teacher. Egerue had a craving for knowledge and a burning desire to impart knowledge. He thus within the shortest time acquired all the teaching certificates culminating in his becoming Teacher Grade 1 and subsequently appointed as Headmaster Grade 1.
In his position, he taught in several schools in Mbano and Etiti notably in Umuanumo, Ikperejere and Amainyi. In between his teaching sojourn, he married his heartthrob, former Miss Roseline Nwaekechi Ebomuche Igbokwe of Umuezeala Nsu in December, 1959 and were blessed with children. He is survived by five children.
Not satisfied with just being a headmaster, he went further to be trained in Agriculture in Umudike Umuahia. He was not only adept in theoretical aspect of agriculture but was a colossus in its practical application to the rural economic development and empowerment.
Undeterred by the fatigue of that horrendous Nigerian Biafra war, Egerue at the end of the war dusted his books and proceeded to Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) Enugu to study accountancy. He double it with being a correspondent student of the UK based Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.
However, driven by his desire to to impart knowledge, he preferred to remain as a teacher, this time as a teacher of accounting, mathematics, business studies and book keeping. He also taught admirably the subject of geography and literature in English.
While as a student at IMT Enugu, he was also a businessman and traded in virtually everything from tobacco, stock fish, Nkalagu cement, bar soap among others.