Staff, Students and Friends of the Faculty of Arts, gathered at the Chinua Achebe building to bid farewell to their pioneer Dean, late Prof. Cornelius C. Agbodike.
Speaking at the Valedictory Session, the Dean of the Faculty, Prof. B.C. Obiefuna welcomed all present especially the members of Historical Society of Nigeria. He also appreciated the former Vice-Chancellors, Prof. Pita Ejiofor and Prof. Boniface Egboka. The Dean described the late Prof. Agbodike as an erudite scholar, a beacon and star that led people in the Faculty. He said that the Faculty is celebrating his creativity and humanity, which touched many lives through his hard work and dedication to service. He concluded by consoling the family on the death of their own, while urging them to uphold his legacies. Finally, he commended his soul to the merciful and loving care of God.
The National president of Historical Society of Nigeria, Prof. Ogbogbo of University of Ibadan, stated that the late prof. Agbodike was an Icon of the society who trained quite a number of scholars, and that his hard work was remarkable. He urged all to always develop a sense of history because history helps leaders not to repeat mistakes of the past leaders.
Speaking earlier, Rev. Fr. Prof. Bonachristus Umeogu reminded all that the sting of death is sin. He said all should work towards righteousness, and always ponder on where one will spend eternity. He encouraged everyone to live lives worthy of emulation so as to live good legacies behind.
All who spoke during the session testified that late Prof. C.C. Agbodike was hardworking and dedicated to duty, and that it contributed enormously to the growth and development of the Faculty. He was an academic par excellence; he was disciplined, firm in character, a good community leader, kind hearted and God fearing person. They all prayed God to help the family to bear the irreplaceable loss and grant his soul eternal rest.