Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, renowned gospel preacher, Rev Uma Ukpai and a host of other politicians and bishops of various Christian denominations on Friday paid their last respect to Bishop Dr Arthur Nwachukwu, the Bishop of Rhema Deliverance Ministry, Worldwide, during his interment in Umunya, Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State.
While Governor Obian, who was represented by his deputy, DR Nkem Okeke praised Bishop Nwachukwu for his dedication to the work of God, Rev Dr Uma Ukpai, who preached at the interment called on all to emulate the life of the late preacher.
Obiano, in a condolence message he sent to the family said, “We all mourn his demise, but let us thank God for the worthy life he lived while in our midst. His death is an irreparable loss. I have no doubt that Papa has embarked on such a glorious passage, given that he lived a life of service to God and humanity.”
Bishops of various denominations attended the burial, which was themed; The last crusade. Some of them included; Bishops Ayo Oritsejafor, Mike Okonkwo, O.C Dominic, Isaac Idahosa, Osa Oni and several other from across the world.
Sons of the renowned preacher, Dr Amaechi Nwachukwu and Barr Ejike Nwachukwu who spoke to NDREPORTERS said the event was actually planned to be the last crusade of their father, who spent his entire life winning souls for Christ, and that nothing would excite him more than holding a crusade that can draw souls to Christ.
Ejike said, “The event of the burial of my father would be useless if we do not use it as an avenue to win souls for Christ. We know that, that is what would interest our father, instead of just planning a burial for people to come and eat and drink.”
Late Bishop Nwachukwu was a renowned preacher of the gospel and founder of Rhema Deliverance Ministry. He has five sons, all of which are also preachers of the gospel in various branches of Rhema Deliverance Mission.
He died on 28th December at the age of 78, just days to his 79th birthday. NDREPORTERS gathered that he died after summoning his sons to a prayer session, where he also anointed them.
Meanwhile, his first son, Dr Chidozie Nwachukwu will on Sunday be ordained as the bishop of the church, to take over from his late dad