THE exit of Mr. Lazarus Oghenevwharhe Ojada threw the entire Centre into mourning. He passed on to glory on August 7, 2012 at the University Teaching Hospital, (UBTH) Benin, Edo State.

Lazarus joined the services of the Centre some 10 years ago. He was dependable, cool headed, focused and full of initiatives. Without doubt, he was an asset to the Centre. We thank God that he brought rich Christian qualities to bear on his job.

He came to the Centre after having worked briefly in the banking sector. He felt he should contribute his quota to Trinity Foundation– a Charity Trust founded for the promotion of spiritual growth under the leadership of the Primate, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh and managed by the Church of Nigeria, (Anglican Communion).

Mr. Lazarus had friends, admirers and well-wishers within the organisation, and it will be very difficult to fill the vacuum his exit has created. He will be remembered for his soft-spoken nature and remarkable sense of humour. He had a good dress sense. Colleagues and guests who use the Centre shall greatly miss him. He claimed often that he was Lazarus of the Bible who died but was brought back to life by Jesus. And he would say: ‘I won’t die again. Praise the Lord!’

Lazarus took ill early this year. Efforts were made by both his family and the Centre to get him back to his feet. Alas! He went just like that.

I thought repeatedly of his joke that he wouldn’t die again. My reaction at news of his death was that even if he died physically, Jesus, whom he loved and served, would raise him up on the Last Day. This agrees with Jesus’ statement: ‘he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live, John 11v25(b)’.   So, there is hope, not only for Lazarus of the Bible, but also Lazarus of the Ibru Centre.  A fine, dependable and supportive gentleman, he was the diligent Admin/Finance Manager for the Centre.

According to a funeral programme released by the family, a service of songs will be held at the Centre on September 20, 2012. A funeral service will come up in his hometown at St Thomas Anglican Church, Uwheru, in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.

We at the Centre call on the wife, Mrs. Grace Ojada (whom he called ‘Angel G)’, his four daughters, and son, to take solace in the Lord. The God of Jacob is the strength of the family.

Adieu Mr. Lazarus Oghenevwharhe Ojada.  Adieu Lazarus of the Centre.

Ven. Ernest Onuoha
Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Centre,
Delta State.

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