Born on November 2, 1938, Nzeribe, known as a de-tribalised Nigerian Senator, died on May 5, 2022 from a protracted illness at the age of 83.
In his remarks, Governor Hope Uzodimma said Nzeribe would always be remembered for his contributions in the political, business and philanthropic sectors.
“Today, we are touched by words of our friend, the man who defined Nigeria’s political scape.
“We may have disagreed politically because of party A and party B, but Ogbuagu, Oshiji Damanze Oyimba was a common denominator. He created a platform that became a school.
“The wisdom most of us gathered from the school is still being used as an asset.
“Yes, we may have lost him, but at the end of the day, his actions and activities both in active politics, business and philanthropy will always speak of him,” he added.
The governor, who commended dignitaries at the funeral rites, assured them of adequate security.
Earlier in a sermon delivered at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Oguta, Rev. Fr. John Obilo extolled the life and time of late Nzeribe.
Obilo, who cited Rev. 14:13, warned political leaders against injustice and withholding of truth.
The event attracted personalities including former governors of the state, Emeka Ihedioha and Ikedi Ohakim.
Also at the event were Sen. Osita Izunaso, Managing Director of NIWA, Chief George Muoghalu, traditional rulers and the clergy, among others.
Nzeribe represented Orlu Senatorial District in the Second Republic on the platform of the defunct Nigeria Peoples Party (NPP).
Nzeribe also represented Imo West in the senate from 1999 to 2007 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).