“You are canvassing for a vote and people are seeing you after you win the election nobody will see you again. Whoever comes in 2023, we will see you by force, we will come after you, we will be talking to the press, and we will not leave you.
“If there are some promises you can’t do better don’t promise them but anyone you promise we will follow you up and ensure that you do it because you are the voice of the voiceless. If we fail to be good God will punish us,” he said.
“Late Kanu was a very good friend of mine. Though the age difference was so much the man and the wife decided to adopt me as one of their children and that has been the relationship for the last 26 years. We met in 1996 in Tinubu church and since that time it has not changed.
“I moved here, they moved with me and that is why today because of the support they have given to the diocese we are recognizing what he has done to the Lord and more that they will still do.
“My own belief is that anywhere you come from, once you are a child of God you are my brother, you are my sister and we can continue to move together. So my relationship with him has been wonderful.”
He described the deceased as a simple, unassuming, forthright and dogged man.
He said: “Those are the traits and characters that I know I also have. He was someone that fought for democracy, and human rights and I believe in justice, fair play, and equity and those are the things he stood for while on earth and those legacies we are going to keep alive by the grace of God.”
It’s a big recognition — Gladys Kanu
On her part, wife of late Kanu, Gladys Kanu, said: “We’ve known the bishop for 26 years and we have been part of the church. So, I am very happy that everything is going well in the diocese. My husband contributed a lot to this diocese and organisations, including NADECO and the Ohanaeze Ndigbo. So, this award is recognition of his contributions and we are happy for this. It’s a big recognition. VANGUARD