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Obiano Mourns Fr. Tagbo, Lauds his Legacy

By James Eze

The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano is in deep mourning
over the death of the principal of his alma mater, Christ the King
College (CKC), Onitsha, Rev, Fr. Nicholas Chukwuemeka Tagbo, OON who
passed on at the weekend.

Governor Obiano was probably one of the few former students of the
deceased teacher to see him before his death, having paid him an
unscheduled visit at the hospital just before he passed on.

“The death of Fr. Tagbo came as a rude shock to me. Although he was a
fairly old man, he was strongly built and very highly disciplined. I
never could imagine that Fr. Tagbo would leave us so soon,” Governor
Obiano reasoned, pointing out that he had no idea that his last visit
to the hospital to meet Fr. Tagbo would be their last encounter on

“I visited him a few days before his demise in the company of Prof.
Solo Chukwulobelu, Secretary to the State Government and Ogbuefi Tony
Nnachetta, Commissioner for Information who are fellow old boys of
CKC. He received us warmly and we left the hospital with hopes of his
speedy recovery. But alas, that was not to be! Well, God knows best. I
believe he is in a better place now because he has gone to join the
Lord” Governor Obiano further narrated.

He described Fr. Tagbo as a quintessence of modesty and humility and a
charismatic moral reformer who evoked the image of the biblical Good
Shepherd and spared no effort to impart enduring values on his

“Fr. Tagbo raised so many great men in his time. He invested time and
energy in ensuring that his wards were properly groomed and adequately
prepared to contribute their very best to the larger world. He treated
us like his biological sons and showed great confidence in our ability
to carve a noble path in the world. His death is a big loss to all
“Amaka Boys” as we old boys of CKC call ourselves.

Condoling with the deceased’s family, Governor Obiano assured them of
his prayers and thoughts and prayed that God would grant them the
fortitude to bear the loss

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