Vanguard (Lagos)

24 January 2004

Nigeria: Obioha Mourns Jerry Okoro, Veteran Journalist

NATIONAL chairman of Justice Party (JP), Chief Ralph Obioha has expressed his condolence to the family of Chief Jerry Okoro, a veteran journalist who died last week in Enugu after a brief illness.

In a written tribute issued on Wednesday, Chief Obioha described late Jerry Okoro as "a quintessential human being whose reward were plentiful." He stated that Okoro's death came like a shock to his friends and relatives who, he said, have taken consolation in the Biblical Ecclesiastes that stated that: "To everything there is a season, ... A time to be born, and a time to die... A time to weep, and a time to rejoice." Yes, we weep because Jerry will be painfully missed, yet we rejoice because Jerry found favour with his Maker, and made his final covenant with the Lord Jesus Christ. Some people will argue that at 62 years, Jerry died young, but we found solace that it is not how long we live but how well. For those who know Jerry well, he lived large and very well. Jerry was a cheerleader, always bearing good tidings to friends and foes. He never spoke ill of anybody."

The Justice Party boss further described late Okoro thus: "Chief Jerry Okoro was a well-grounded Arrowman. He attained excellence in his chosen profession. A master's degree from London University, a correspondent for the prestigious London Times, managing editor of The Renaissance and later The Star. He was the publisher of the World Diplomatic Guide, a publication based in London. Jerry was passionate about the welfare of his aged mother, wife, children and grand children. He was fiercely loyal to his associates and was deeply grateful to his benefactors. If you want Jerry's faults, he had few. He was proud and quick to temper but swift to reconciliation. He will be deeply missed. He was a very lovely man, spreading joy in company and very considerate in all issues. Jerry had no secrets; his life was an open epic full of noble deeds. We shall keep the memory of Chief Jerry Okoro evergreen.

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