Stakeholders and natives of Eneka Clan in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, have continued to rain encomiums on the late Elder Sam Azuta Mbata, following what they described as his enormous sacrifices and contributions to his people, clan and nation at large.
It was indeed a groundswell of tributes as the Old Students Association of Government Secondary School Eneka, held a match pass, dressed in their blue and white school uniform, in honour of the late Sam Mbata, who they described as an icon and father of all.
Also, in Rumuchiorlu Community where he hails from, a special event was organized to reminisce his life, times and achievements, as they marked his third memorial anniversary.
Sam Mbata who passed on at the age of 89, was born on January 1, 1931. Speaking in an exclusive interview with TNN, on Monday, the councilor representing Ward 14, in the LGA, Sir Patrick Okwudiri Onuma described him as an icon and a father.
Onuma said, “Our Father, Elder Sam Mbata will be remembered forever by the people of Eneka. He will be remembered forever by his family, Rivers State and Nigeria at large.
“He lived a fulfilled life until God called him home. He laid a worthy foundation, and has left an indelible and unforgettable legacies.
“Our Father loved his people and the entire clan down to his bones, we miss him, yes, so dearly. He was our hero, icon. From my own little experience, he is the one that brought electricity to Eneka, the two transformers and dragged light to all the communities, so, he cannot be forgotten so fast.”
Also, Mr. Simeon Nsirimovu Chukwu of Rumuowha Community explained that no event organized in honour of the late Sam Mbata can be compared to his impacts, contributions and love for his people.
According to him, “Elder Sam Mbata has been a pioneer, a philanthropist in Eneka Clan. For us, it’s not just about the third memorial anniversary, he did a lot for the common man, he will always be missed, his legacy continues.
“As a man who has lived a great life in Eneka, he brought infrastructure to Eneka Clan, we will surely remember him and forever.”
A former Eneka Youth Congress EYC President, Mr. Loveday Opurum described him as, “a very rational fellow, he wasn’t biased during his life time, he was a father and a father of all for that matter, infact, the truth is that there is no singular adjective with which one can actually describe our late father, Elder Sam Mbata, we cannot also honour nor appreciate him enough for the kind of legacy he laid while he was alive.”
Further, Miss Azunuka Onyinyechi Chuku, from Rumukaraka family expressed gratitude to the late Elder Sam Mbata for living what she described as a godly life, worthy of emulation.
She said, “He was indeed a godly man, who was so passionate about the things of God. He was kind, generous, principled, he had integrity, he is the exact definition of a life well spent, because he spent it in Christ.”