By Ewa Innocent, Abakaliki
The body of the late supreme court judge, justice Nwali Sylvester Ngwuta has been laid to rest in his country home, Ukawu, Onicha local government area of Ebonyi state.
The burial, which was a state burial by the Ebonyi state government, was attended by people of all walks of life including the supreme court judges and senior Advocates of Nigeria(SAN) among others.
Governor David Umahi who was full of gratitude to the caliber of persons that attended the burial ceremony, described the late jurist as an upright man who was always firm with his conviction, explaining that justice Ngwuta had in 2015 supported the enthronement of his administration, by standing firm to say that it was the turn of the south zone of the state to produce the governor.
Umahi called on the bereaved family to stay in peace assuring, that his administration would always answer them whenever they called.
According to him, “Let me recall that the late Justice Ngwuta stood for equity justice and fairplay in our state, whereby he supported that somebody from his own zone and that is the south should become the governor of the state in 2015, and to appreciate the support and commitment of the Parish Priest here, we have to build 25 kilometers of concrete road and six span bridge to connect the people of Ukawu.
“The road is not fully done, they are still doing the shoulders from the other side, but we finish this year and we shall ask Mr President to commission it.
“We are also working on the Ukawu water project to serve the southern part and part of central. We are working on that and we make sure it is done.
“And by the reason of the good people of Ukawu, we will continue to stay with you and whatever thing we do to lift this great community, we will do that. “Nwali Ngwuta might have fallen to sleep with the Lord, many Nwali Ngwutas will still rise in this part of Ebonyi state.
“So, I ask our people to take confidence in the Lord and that when the resurrection day will come, we will see him again”, the Governor said.
Furthermore, Governor Umahi donated ten million naira for the completion of a church project started by late justice Ngwuta.
In his homely, the South East Chairman of the Christan Association of Nigeria(CAN), Rev. Dr. Abraham Nwali,who dwelt extensively on the topic, ‘Vanity upon vanity’ as scripted in the holy Bible, noted that the only thing one could take home and be remembered for is goodness of life, stressing that the soul of the righteous is in the hand of God.
He advised Christians all over the world to get their apron ready for there is not much time left to meet the Lord.
He also prayed to God to grant justice Ngwuta pardon for all his sins on earth so that he would enjoy the beauties of heaven.
Hon. Justice Sylvester Nwali Ngwuta died early March this year, about three weeks to his 70th birthday anniversary.