Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Anambra State on Thursday bade farewell to one of its principal officers, Prof. Anthony Eze who died February 7, 2023.
Late Eze, of Faculty of Education of the institution, was reportedly killed by assailants in his residence in Awka, the state capital.
In an emotion laden short commendation service, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Charles Esimone described the deceased as a professor of high repute who touched several lives while in active service.
“We’re here to accord him our last respect. Prof. Anthony Eze was a very active senate member. He touched many lives while in active service. As senate, We’re going to miss his presence, fatherly touch and contributions,” he said.
Esimone urged the family, especially wife and children to take solace in the kind of life their father lived, assuring them of the university support.
He added, “Death is inevitable. Nobody has the power to challenge God when it comes to life and death, Nobody has the timetable, it’s God’s prerogative. We feel your pains and commiserate with you and Education Faculty.
“He’s a man well loved by the community. Whatever support we’ll give, we’ll accord him. May God grant us the fortitude to bear the loss, and fill the vacuum his death has created.
“We’ve not done such commendation service for our fallen colleagues for a long time now. We pray we don’t experience this kind of death in the nearest future.”
Also speaking, Dean, Faculty of Education, Prof. Vivian Nwogbo described the deceased as great man full of smiles and always ready to assist to ensure things moved, saying, “We’ll miss him as a faculty and as an individual.
“This should be a lesson for all of us who still have breath in us. Show, love and benevolence when you have the opportunity.”
The deceased son, Bar. Stanley Nwekeze said his father was, and remained a rare gem to the entire family, praying God to grant his soul eternal rest.
He said, “My father was a rare gem and still a rare gem to all of us. His death came as a shock to all of us but we have handed it over to God.
“We’re all pain by his death and commit his soul to the God of justice and believe he would take care of us in his absence.