Abia born philanthropist and construction mogul, Chief Ncheta Elvis Omerekpe and Founder, Ncheta Omerekpe Foundation has described the late revered Abia first class traditional ruler, His Eminence, (Sir) Benard Enweremadu, the Eze Ukwu 1 of Ngwa Ukwu Ancient Kingdom as living legend, and father figure whose wise counsel while alive, helped to shape his life.
Chief Omerekpe made this ascertion at Ngwa Ukwu Royal palace, Isiala Ngwa North LGA, Abia state, during the funeral ceremony of the late Monarch, adding that, his death has left a big vacuum in the traditional institution not just in Ngwa land and Abia state but in Nigeria and Africa in general.
He added that, His Eminence was a well travelled and educated man, a philanthropist, and an accomplished traditional ruler that brought respect to the traditional institution as he never wavered or compromised on the ethics and tenets of the royal stool.
Chief Ncheta Omerekpe urged all traditional rulers in Nigeria to toe this line of honour and return the diminishing glory of the traditional institution.
He further described Late Eze Ukwu as a political rallying point of the Ukwa la Ngwa people, a wise and intelligent man full of wits, myth and wisdom ascribing that, marrying 14 women and having 77 Children yet maintain peace, love and family cohension is a rare feat in an institution, where even men with one wife has failed.
He therefore admonished those he left behind, using his first son, Rt. Hon. Chris Enweremadu, whom he described as a good brother and friend, as a point of contact to the entire family and urge him to continue to lead the famiiy with the magic wand and the legacy of peace, love and togetherness his father left behind while asking God to accept his soul.
The funeral ceremony attracted the presence of the Governor of Abia state, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu and wife, Dr. (Mrs) Nkechi Ikpeazu; Abia Deputy Governor, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu and wife, Lady Vivian; a former Governor of Imo State, Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha; Dr. Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah, who represented President Mohammadu Buhari; Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe; Senator Adolphus Wabara; Senator TA Orji, Senator Nkechi Nwogu and other members of the National Assembly.
Others are, the Speaker Abia House of Assembly Rt. Hon Chinedum Orji, the immediate past National Organizing Secretary of the PDP Col.Austin Akobundu (Rtd); State PDP Chairman, Rt. Hon. Alwell Asiforo Okere; Chairman of the Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Ndubuisi Nwabeke, who led other traditional rulers amongst other distinguished Nigerians and high profile dignitaries across the globe.