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By Ononye VC
An atmosphere of gloom and sadness pervaded the entire Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha during the week as news of the sudden death of the Episcopal Vicar Onitsha,Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha broke and spread like wildfire.
Initially,people were confused and wondered if the news was true or false until an official statement was released by the Chancellor of the Archdiocese, Very Reverend Father Prudentius Emeka Aroh,confirming the sad incident.
The statement read…
“Dear brothers, please let’s pray for the happy repose of our beloved Episcopal Vicar, Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Pat Omuta. We lost him in the early hours of today, Sunday at Borromew Hospital after few days of admision. He was on oxygen for few days before finally returning to his Father and his God. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace, Amen. Chancellor.”
As if that was not enough, another sad News broke out saying that a top Basilica family member and Adviser to the Governor on Religious Matters,lieutenant General Anselm Okafor (KSJI)has lost his dear wife Lady Gladys Nkiru Okafor.Tears flowed in their family circle as details of the sad news were yet to reach our News Desk at press time.
The late Fr Omutah’s bosom friend,Senator Victor Umeh (OFR) was the first to hit Trinitas Newsroom with a telephone call to ascertain the correct information about the situation.
It was confirmed to him that it was true and he wept bitterly. He could not be condoled Immediately. Umeh said the late Fr Omutah was his spiritual father who played very important part in his life when it mattered most.
According to Senator Umeh,”all his prayers and advise to me among others, are part of the guiding principles that enabled me sailed through some turbulences in my journey in life.”
Senator Umeh expressed his condolences to the Archbishop of Onitsha,Most Rev Valerian Okeke,priests of the Archdiocese,members of his family and parish and prayed that God will give them the fortitude to bear the loss.
Another early caller was the Chairman of the Catholic Lawyers Association,Archdiocese of Onitsha,Barrister Azubike Anazor.He expressed shock at the news and expressed his condolences to the Archbishop on behalf of the Catholic Lawyers Association. He described the late Fr Omutah as a brilliant,eloquent and unassuming person who took his vocation very seriously.
Others who called to express their sympathy include,Sir Azubike Okafor of Zubis Industries,Sir Ikem Osanakpo,Sir Damian Okolo,Dr Gabby Nwankwo and Dr Sir Nwankwo.
Others are,Sir BOB Ugonabo, Sir Victor and Angela Orakwue and Dame Ngozi Nwanosike and many others.
Torrents of reactions also trailed the death of Fr Omutah on social media.The Facebook particularly was awash with comments expressing surprise,sympathy and condolences on the death of Fr Omutah.
Fr Omutah was the Chaplain of Knights of St Mulumba, Onitsha Subcouncil.
Late Fr Patrick Eloka Omutah was ordained a priest of the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Basilica, Onitsha on July 03, 1993. He was a native of Umunnachi in Dunukofia local Govt Area of Anambra State.
An alumnus of the prestigious All Hallows Seminary Onitsha, and Bigard Memorial Seminary Enugu, Fr. Omutah studied for higher academic degrees at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome. He obtained Masters degree in philosophy, Licentiate and Doctorate degrees in Sacred Theology, with specialization in Moral Theology.
At his return from Rome after his studies, he lectured for some years at Blessed Iwene Tansi Major Seminary, Theology faculty, Onitsha, and Pope St. John Paul II Major Seminary, (Philosophy Campus), Awka.
Thereafter, he started to serve in the Onitsha Archdiocesean Curia in different capacities, first as the Archdiocesan Vice Chancellor and Secretary to the Archdiocese, and Director of the Archdiocesean Health and Medical Services.
A very close confidant of the Archbishop, Most Rev Dr. Valerian M. Okeke of Onitsha, Fr. Omutah, until his demise, was the parish priest of St. Mary’s Parish, Iba Pope, Awada. An important bench member of the Archdiocesean Health and Medical Administrative Board, he had been serving as the Onitsha Regional Episcopal Vicar in the Archdiocese until his demise.
Meanwhile, his burial is said to be considered for the 15th of March,2021.
Trinitas Newspaper condoles with the Archbishop of Onitsha Most Rev Valerian Okeke,the Auxiliary Bishop Most Rev. Denis Isizoh,priests of the Archdiocese and all those affected by his death.
May the souls of the departed rest in peace.Amen.