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Rivers mourns Amnesty Bishop, Friday Nwator

Posted: Apr 21, 2015 at 9:05 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Daniel Abia – Snr Correspondent P/Harcourt


The people of Rivers State were thrown into mourning at the weekend when news filtered in of the death of Bishop Osaro Nwator, a promoter of the amnesty programme for the Niger Delta militants.

Popularly known as ‘Amnesty Bishop’, Nwator, a native of Ogale clan in the Eleme Local Government area of Rivers State, died on April 6 at the age of 74 after a brief illness.

It will be recalled tha, the late Nwator was the first and the only cleric that risked going to the creeks to meet with the ex-militants and preached repentance and forgiveness to them.

He also distributed free Bible to all the repented militants who he brought out of the creeks and got them established in the city.

The Federal Government’s Amnesty Programme for the Niger Delta militants in 2008 was a recap of Bishop Nwator’s initiative which he came up with in 2007.

Arch Bishop Nwator, a devout Christian, philanthropist and United Kingdom trained medical doctor, was at a time Adviser on Health Matters to former President Shehu Shagari, National President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), and founder of Health Services Department, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt.

The late Nwator holds the National Honour of Order of the Niger (OON), was a member of the Constituent Assembly in the Second Republic and Chairman, Nigerian Red Cross Society, Rivers State.


He is survived by a wife, four children, among them Mr. Dominic Nwator, Commissioner, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), six grand children and host of relations.

A statement by the Chief Mourner, Dominic Nwator, said the burial has been fixed for May 23 in Ogale, Eleme, his home town.