By Ugo Amadi
’To die completely, a person must not only forget, but must be forgotten, and he who is not forgotten is not dead’…….unknown.
Hon bethel Nnaemeka Amadi cannot be forgotten because he lives on through the very positive virtues he has imparted to generations while on earth.
The measure of this great man and leader of our time is seen in terms of the strength of his commitments, the genuineness of his friendships, the sincerity of his purpose, the quiet courage of his convictions, his capacity to suffer and his willingness to endure in order to achieve success and put smiles in live of many.
Indeed, the world as a big stage and everyone of us an actor or actress bows out at the expiration of his or her time of display. Hon bethel Nnaemeka Amadi otherwise known as Anyambaike is not an exception.
He was on stage for 55 years which could be described as eventful and action-packed until that day the curtain of the stage was drawn and it was all over. What a great loss!.
Indeed on April 5, 2019 men and women will gathered from all nook and cranny of the world to celebrate the life and times of a good and caring leader, a man of great repute, a man with dignity, an achiever, a man of the people for the people and a Philanthropist per excellent.
We look at the Holy Scriptures at your passing on to glory.
We took solace in Hebrews 11:13-16:
‘These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
‘They desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for He had prepared for them a city.’
We found great comfort from this and other scriptures, inspired by God to help Christians, in times of grief and sorrow.Every death is painful but some are particularly more painful, than others.The exit of Hon Amadi from mortality to immortality is one of such.
The immediate past Executive Chairman, Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State, Hon. Anyaehie Okameme lamented on the news of your death ,he said your passing away was a great loss to Mbaitoli/Ikeduru. According to him “ if God is questionable , I could have done that. Who am I to question the Almighty God who has the final say. I remember “ Anyambaike” for her truthfulness, love and resourcefulness. You have left a footprint on the sands of time that is difficult to wipe off.”
Rt. Hon Bethel Amadi, who represented the good people of Mbaitoli and Ikeduru federal constituency between 2003 to 2015 was a very humble gentleman who served his consistency and the country diligently.
He was a role model to so many young Nigerians. He rose from been a member representing his constituency to President of PAN African parliament, the first Nigerian to attain such fit, our people looked up to him for encouragement and advise.
He was a very brilliant and God fearing man, the Anglican church witnessed tremendous growth during his era and he played a major role during the quest for Ikeduru diocese. A Knight of St Christopher and bagged so many awards within and outside Nigeria.
He will be missed by his supporters, Ikeduru people, Mbaitoli, Imo state, Nigerians and Africa in general.
In simple but powerful words , the House Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila described the late Amadi as an extraordinary parliamentarian and friend.
However, Hon. Chuks Metu (Ezinnwa), the Executive Chairman, Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State described Hon. Amadi as a HERO. He noted,’ if it is was possible to save your life, we would have done so. ’’But we cannot wage war with God. He is the almighty who allows all men to exit at their own time.
He said the news of this loss began like a rumor because in my opinion Hon bethel Nnaemeka Amadi was too many like an insurmountable star. At last it proved to be true that like a comet, a star has fallen. The political firmament of Ikeduru, Imo State, Eastern Region, Nigeria and indeed Africa was disturbed by that last breath.
‘’Having worked closely with Hon Amadi for years, I found in him a focused intelligent young man and a firm believer in goal setting. God Almighty is the giver of life and designer of human affairs.
As we cry and mourn his departure, I would like to remind everyone of us that the living has to learn probably correctively from the dead; it is written better to go in the house of mourning than to the house of feasting.
Oh for our leader, it seems to me that William Shakespeare was really thinking of you when he described man in HAMLET, and I quote’’ what a piece of work is man. How noble is reason, how infinite in faculty, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god, the beauty of the world the paragon of animals, and yet to me what is this quintessence of dust’’.
Speaking about his uniqueness, the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, exclaimed that good things they say do not last. He emphasized that we all must exit this planet earth but the most important thing is how well we lived and what we accomplished while on earth.
He stated that former chief whip in the 7th Assembly, Bethel Amadi was a man with great virtue, a role model, kind at heart, humble, truthful, generous.
Mr Tambuwal said it was with mixed feelings that he came to send off a former colleague to eternal glory.
He said he first met the deceased in 2003 on the floor of the lower chambers and worked closely with him on many national assignments.
Mr Tambuwal, who was the Speaker of the 7th Assembly, described Mr Amadi as a very resourceful parliamentarian who dedicated time and energy to nation -building.
Pointing to the seat the late lawmaker usually sat on, Mr Tambuwal said he approached Mr Amadi in his bid to become Speaker of the house.
Mr Tambuwal called on the governor-elect of Imo, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, to immortalize Mr Amadi, support his family, and ensure his legacies are protected.
Also speaking, Mr Emeka Ihedioha , said immortalizing Mr Amadi is a mission he must achieve when he takes office.
According to him, if Mr Amadi were alive, he would play a pivotal role in his administration in the next four years. He described the late former lawmaker as a great ambassador of the state who would be missed by all.
The President of Pan-African Parliament, Roger Nkodo, said Mr. Amadi was not only from Nigeria but from Africa as a whole.
He said the deceased, who was also a former President of the Pan-African Parliament, was brilliant and rose quickly through the ranks in the parliament.
Mr. Nkodo said that as president, Mr. Amadi piloted the affairs of the parliament with great skill and charisma. According to him, members would have voted “no” to his death if it was a matter to be decided at parliament.
Another lawmaker, Henry Nwawuba (PDP-Imo) who took over from Mr. Amadi on the floor of the house, said that in everything, thanks should be given to God.
He said though it was difficult to give God thanks over the death of Mr. Amadi, he and his family would find consolation in the fact that Mr. Amadi was a good man.
He pledged to support the family and prayed God to be with them in this trying times.
Speaker of the house, Yakubu Dogara said the ultimate measure of a man’s life is not in the duration but the mission. He said it was not by how far but by how well and effective, adding that those who lived good lives never die but live forever in the hearts of those whom they had affected.
Honestly, writing this piece for Bethel Amadi evoked much grief and pain.
It is simply difficult to imagine that Anyambaike is gone, because he was ebullient and always on making effort to ensure the progress of Ikeduru and Imo state in general.
As a man of his people, he means many things to many people, to some he was a man with an open heart and mind; others a man who can tolerate to accommodate, and a man that humbles himself even to the level of a little child in order not to hurt the feelings of any.
One thing is true in life: none of us is better than all of us: and no one is an angel: Hon. Amadi has never claimed to be one. He has always put the needs of others first.
Unforgettable! That’s what you are Hon. Bethel Amadi, We remember you today as always filled with memories of your immense love and care lavished on Ikeduru people and Nigeria as a whole.
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