Bishop Ukwuoma urges siblings to leave vengeance for God
Uzodimma, Iwu, Nlemigbo, Anyaehie, others sympathize with family.
It was tears and grief on Thursday 25th February, 2021 at Ihite- Akatta, Oru East Council Area of Imo State as the remains of late Mr Ignatius Obieze were committed to mother Earth. The deceased was an elder brother to the Imo State Accountant General, Sir Val Obieze. The funeral mass that preceded the interment was held at St Patrick’s Parish Ihite-Akatta.
Bishop of Orlu Catholic Diocese, Most Rev Augustine Ukwuoma who officiated the requiem mass alongside other senior clerics advised the Obieze family to mourn as Christians. He described the death of late Ignatius Obieze who was gruesomely murdered on the 3rd of January this year by unknown gunmen as painful and traumatizing.
Bishop Ukwuoma said the Obiezes were too good a people having assisted so much in the building of St Patrick’s Parish Ihite-Akatta and could not figure out why death came and took one of them away at a time like this.
The Prelate enjoined the siblings and the immediate family of the deceased never to go after the killers of their brother and father but remain faithful in the Lord and leaving vengeance for the “author and finisher of our faith” even as he prayed for the eternal repose of the just Departed soul.
In his homily, a Catholic Cleric, Rev Fr. Dr George Chikata said death was an end to one’s sojourn on earth but a starting point to everlasting life in Christ Jesus. He admonished the Obieze family not to mourn as those without hope but take solace in the fact that they would meet with their brother, father, uncle and husband some day.
In his brief remarks at the Church Service, Imo State Accountant General Sir Val Obieze who barely managed to hold his tears said death had dealt very devastating blow to the Obieze family having taking two of their elder brothers in a space of one year.
He described his late brother, Ignatius Obieze as a man of peace and fine gentleman who meant well for the entire family.
” I pray God to console us, we lost our most senior brother and former House of Assembly member for Oru East Sir Anthony Obieze one year ago, now another one in the person of Onye Udo is buried today. Some of his children are still young and the responsibility of caring for them has now fallen on our shoulders as their uncles”.
Sir Val Obieze used the medium to also thank the governor of Imo State, Sen. Hope Uzodimma, top government officials, civil servants and friends for making out time to be with the family at such moment, regretting however that Akatta clan had wished to bring the governor and government of Imo State to their land for something good and not death.
Imo State governor Sen. Hope Uzodimma who was unavoidably absent at the funeral mass was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Cosmas Iwu who described the Accountant General as an asset to the government and people of Imo State.
The governor said the late Ignatius Obieze who died at the age of 62 left legacies worthy of emulation and urged the family to sustain them.
Other dignitaries present at the funeral Service were, Imo APC Chairman, Prince Marcellenus Nlemigbo, Chief of Staff Government House Owerri, Sir Nnamdi Anyaehie, Commissioner for Finance, Mr Chuck Chuckmeka, Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations), Barr Emeka Agbor, Special Adviser to Governor on Finance, Mr. Emeka Udegbulem, former Vice Chancellor IMSU, Prof Lady Adaobi Obasi, captains of Industries, Permanent Secretaries, top Civil Servants, among many others.
Late Mr Ignatius Obieze was until his assassination, a staff of NNPC Warri. His wife died about two decades ago. He is survived by an aged mother, five children, four brothers, three grand children and a host of other relations, among whom is the Imo State Accountant General and Permanent Secretary Sir Valentine Obieze.