State chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, has mourned the demise of Rev. Dr. Neiliezhü Usoü who passed away on January 30 at Naga Hospital, Kohima.
Neiphiu Rio in his condolence message said late Rev. Dr. Usou was born on July 7, 1941, in Nerhema village, under Kohima district after completing his theological studies from Eastern Theological College, Jorhat, Assam, joined Angami Baptist Church Council service in 1966 and was later installed as a full time pastor in 1978 as pastor of Minister’s Hill Baptist Church and subsequently ordained in 1981.
The message also said late reverend was conferred ‘Doctor of Divinity’ by Gurukul Theological College, Chennai, in 2002 while the Jawaharlal Nehru Excellence Award at New Delhi in 2001, for his outstanding contributions to Naga society.
“An outright and respected Church leader” termed the chief minister while adding that late Usou held various positions including vice-president of ABCC, president of Kohima Town Angami Baptist Church Council, Chairman of Kohima Town Baptist Pastors’ Fellowship, and also an officiating chaplain of the Royal British Legion Memorial service at the same time accomplished musician, author of music books, writer and a researcher of traditional Naga music.
The message further conveyed condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed for the eternal rest of the departed soul.
Meanwhile, Rlhou Usou of old minister Hill Kohima has expressed shock over the untimely demise of Rev. Dr. Neiliezhu Usou, who passed away on January 30 in Kohima, after a prolonged illness.
A condolence message by close family Rlhou Usou stated that late Rev. Dr. Neiliezhu was a great theologian who made tremendous contributions to the Church and its Ministry.
He was instrumental in the establishment and growth of the Ministers Hill Baptist Church, the Ministers Hill Baptist English School and the School of Music, Kohima, amongst a host of other pioneering efforts within and outside the Church Ministry, stated a condolence message.
The message stated that the Church in Naga society had lost a respected leader and a towering personality and the vacuum created by his death would be impossible to fill. Rlhou Usou and his family members in a message has expressed condolence to the bereaved family members and prayed for the departed soul to rest in peace.