At the solemn funeral service for the late Prelate Emeritus of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Dr Sunday Mbang, former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo paid a heartfelt tribute, highlighting the profound impact and unwavering devotion of the revered clergyman. The event, held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, brought together a congregation of mourners and dignitaries who gathered to bid farewell to a cherished spiritual leader.
During the service, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo spoke eloquently of the profound conviction that the late Prelate Emeritus Mbang was the only Christian leader in Nigeria whom he was confident would secure a place in heaven. The former President extolled the exceptional qualities of the late Prelate, emphasizing his unwavering forthrightness and his unswerving dedication to his faith.
“Dr Sunday Mbang epitomized a steadfastness that transcended mere emotions,” Obasanjo remarked, underscoring the late Prelate’s remarkable character.
Chief Obasanjo recounted a significant chapter in his life when, fresh from his release from prison and under mounting calls to assume the presidency, he sought counsel from various prominent figures across the nation. Among these trusted confidantes was the late Prelate Emeritus Mbang, whom he held in the highest esteem. Mbang’s resolute honesty and sage advice made him a sought-after advisor.
“I valued his insights and candid perspective,” Chief Obasanjo shared, reflecting on the moments when he deliberately sought out the late Prelate’s counsel, even using visits to Akwa Ibom State during Governor Emmanuel Udom’s tenure as a pretext to meet with the esteemed clergyman.
Dr Sunday Mbang, a luminary figure in Nigeria’s religious landscape, held the distinction of being a former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and was heralded as the first black President of the World Methodist Council. His impact on the nation’s spiritual and social fabric was profound, and his legacy will endure through the lives he touched.
The late Prelate Emeritus Mbang passed away at the age of 86 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on Tuesday, May 16, 2023. As the nation mourns his departure, Chief Obasanjo’s poignant words serve as a testament to the indelible mark left by this exemplary Christian leader.