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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Late Mrs Okoli Laid To Rest In Awka

The remains of late Mrs Bridget Nwakego Okoli, have been laid to rest in her compound in Awka, Awka South Local Government Area.

The requiem mass of the late Mrs Okoli aged 97, attracted dignitaries, Captains of industry, as well as top government functionaries, including Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, the Deputy Governor of the state, Dr. Nkem Okeke, Secretary to the state Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, Sir Emeka Ofor, Senator Ben-Ndi Obi, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the ABS, Nze Uche Nworah and the Commissioner for Public Utility, Mr. Obi Nwankwo, among others, who came to pay their last respect.

In a homely, the Parish Priest of St. Theresa Catholic Church Nibo, Rev. Father Johnbosco Ezekoli, who described death as inevitable to all mortals, charged Christians to always live a life that would earn them internal life, which he said remains the target of every true Christian.

Describing late Mrs Okoli as an epitome of humanity and a devout Christian, Reverend Father Ezekoli, regretted that some Christians are no longer conscious of life after death as they have allowed materialism to be the lord of their lives, advising them to have attitudinal change so as not to allow Christ’ death on the cross of Calvary be in vain.

Speaking to the ABS, two of the sons of the deceased, Chiefs Obi Okoli, and Chinyelugo Okoli, described their late mother as a unique woman and a peace maker, promising to maintain the legacies she left behind, as they prayed for God's blessings and protection on their friends and well wishers that graced the occasion.

In their reactions, some granddaughters of the deceased Mrs Adaorah Ogaku, and Lady Adaeze Okoli, regretted the death of their grandmother who they described as a true Christian and good adviser, praying God to accept her soul in His paradise.

To a granddaughter in-law of late Ojiefi Bridget, Mrs Uche Okoli, she is a loving, and caring woman who never discriminated in loving her children and wives, praying that her soul rests in peace.

Contributing, some friends to the bereaved family, including a onetime Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Ebenezer Ikeyina, and Chief Emeka Obute, who thanked God for the life of the deceased, advised the children to maintain the legacies she left behind and as well the spirit of love and unity she has ignited in the family.

Highlights were special renditions by the Choir, internment, dances by members of Catholic Women Organization, condolences by in-laws, friends and well wishers.

By Emmanuel Okonkwo

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