- Obiano asks Obi for forgiveness
THE commercial city of Onitsha, Anambra State was agog yesterday as old boys of Christ The King College (CKC) and other Nigerians celebrated their former iconic principal, Rev. Fr. Nicholas Tagbo, at a colorful procession with chariot-bearing hearse.
This is coming at a time the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano, displayed humility when he asked his predecessor for forgiveness.
The cavalcade of eminent personalities, led by Obiano, an old boy of the famous college and many other distinguished Nigerians, moved from St. Charles Borromeo Hospital through Zik’s Roundabout- Awka Road-Oguta Road and birthed at the CKC compound, where the body was received.
Meanwhile, Obiano displayed rare humility and capacity to look beyond private injuries for the greater good of the state when he boldly sued for peace in the raging war between him and his predecessor former governor Peter Obi.
Delivering a rousing eulogy at the funeral mass, Obiano took the congregation by surprise when he turned and intoned: “May I use this opportunity to ask the former governor of Anambra State, my friend and brother, Chief Peter Obi, that whatever I may have done to him, he should forgive.”
Governor Obiano who noted that the late Father Tagbo had taught them to love and pursue unity with one another, said it was only proper for him to apologise, although he did not know what the actual cause of the rift between him and his predecessor.
Demonstrating the spirit of sportsmanship Governor Obiano further lauded his predecessor and reminded the audience that his campaign promise was anchored on continuity assuring that he was giving his best in the service of the State as he was taught by the late father Tagbo.
Paying glowing tributes to the late Principal who helped mould notable Nigerians as principal of the renowned CKC, Governor Obiano described Fr. Tagbo as “one of the greatest shepherds of our time!”
According to him, the former principal’s death was a personal loss because he was the last of his many sons to become a governor while he lived.
“Of course before me, there was his Excellency former governor Peter Odili and my brother, former governor Peter Obi. But I was the one he saw last before Fr. Tagbo moved on to the ages. How I wish Fr. Tagbo had lived longer to see what his many other sons would become tomorrow,” he reasoned.
“I don’t know if my experience approximates the experience of others but I must confess that the values Fr. Tagbo gave to us in our formative years have refused to be eroded by time. I have not surrendered those values and I will never surrender them.”
On the impact the late Principal had on the community, Obiano declared: “If truly we measure a man by the impact he has had on his environment, Fr. N.C Tagbo stands taller than almost all his contemporaries.”