President Muhammadu Buhari in a condolence letter sent to the family of late Rev Fr. Nicholas Chukwuemeka Tagbo praised the Catholic Church priest who died at the old age of 87. Fr. Tagbo was the principal of the famous Christ The King College (CKC), Onitsha which produced former governors Peter Obi, Peter Odili and current Anambra governor Willie Obiano.
The president’s letter reads thus:
“Fr. Tagbo leaves in a blaze of glory with his footprints indelibly imprinted on the sands of time. He was a cleric, educationist, administrator, disciplinarian, poet, mentor, keen sportsman and indeed many things rolled into one.
“It is remarkable that he taught three state governors, many senators, Judges, seasoned administrators and illustrious Nigerians. It is not out of place, therefore, to have described him as Principal of Principals.” He knew about 1000 students by name and taught both arts and science subjects with equal dexterity. Do they come like this anymore?
“Fr. Tagbo was invested with the national honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger, OON, in 2010, an honour that was richly deserved, considering his faithful service to God, man and nation. “At 87, he takes his well –deserved eternal rest. May the Tagbo family, the CKC family and, indeed, the whole country, be comforted at the passage of this great hero of our times.”
The late Fr. Tagbo will lie in state at CKC Onitsha on 3rd August 2016 while his body would be laid to rest on 4th August 2016.