It’s with a heavy heart that I join the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), the past Presidents, the Judges, Learned Senior Advocates , Life Benchers, Executives Members of the Bar and my distinguished colleagues to mourn the departure of this ever amiable and accommodative senior colleague.

This is indeed a heavy loss to us in the Nigerian Bar Association in general and to his immediate family in particular. However, to God Almighty and his angels, it’s a huge gain. I believe strongly that D. O. C. has taken his place amongst the Angels as he now looks down from heavens with smiles all over his face.

I lack words to describe this great bar man. He was a pillar of support, an adviser, a comforter, a dependable elder and always very accessible. For those of us who are privileged to be NBA NEC members, you will agree with me that he was our Evangelist and prayer warrior. He never missed any NEC meeting no matter the distance, except he’s very sick. He was also a strong and loud voice in the EBF.

It’s my conviction that God called him at his appointed time after fulfilling his mission on earth. Ezeigwe ran a good race as an Evangelist, he is now waiting for the crown of glory. No doubt every human will one day embark on this journey, no exception.

As we line up for your valedictory court session today, the 8th day of March, 2024 at Enugu State High court, Independence layout,
Enugu, I invite each and everyone of us to reflect on his or her life. When it’s your turn will people speak good of you? Shall the Saints in heaven welcome you? There is a saying in my place that ” when a friend or colleague dies, it’s a warning for others”.

Comrade, as you joined the saints in heaven, it’s my prayer that the Almighty God would welcome you with a smile, forgive your short comings as a mere human and grant you a place in His paradise, in Jesus mighty name , Amen!

May I also use this opportunity to request that on the 15th of March let’s also do him this honour by coming to his home town in our numbers for the funeral service and interment.
Jenkeoma. D. O. C.

Sabastine Anyia Esq.

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