By Chioma Nwankwo/ Chika Obi
Onitsha, Dec. 13, 2020 (MOI) The remains of 36-year-old Andy Bosa Chike Ekweogwu Jnr., first son of the President-General, Onitsha Improvement Union (OIU), Sir Chike Andy Ekweogwu, was laid to rest in New York City, the U.S., on Friday, Dec. 11.
Late ABC Ekweogwu Jnr., was until his death, a graduate of Health and Physical Morality.
It was an emotional scene for the family, friends and well wishers that thronged the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, for a celebration of a Funeral Mass for the deceased before his interment in the U.S.
The PG, Sir Chike Ekweogwu, who described his son’s death as `rude shock’, prayed to God to grant his soul eternal rest.
He added that the young man was a perfect gentle man and a motivational speaker, who had been by rendering selfless service to people around him, especially the mentally ill persons.
“During his last birthday, which was on October 3, he asked his friends not to send him gifts, but rather to take them to a particular mental home in the U.S.’’
The Transition Committee Chairman, Onitsha North Local Government Area (LGA), Mr Patrick Agha Mba, re emphasised a call on all mortals to accept Christ, while describing death as a necessary end.
He reminded all of the need to always seek the face of God.
Chief of Staff to Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe of Onitsha, Chinyelugo Osita Anionwu, offered special prayers for the repose of the soul of the deceased.
He urged his family to take solace in the Lord, saying “God will grant the deceased eternal rest’’.
Rev. Fr. Josephat Madubuonu, a priest in the Church, who conducted the Onitsha version of the Funeral Mass, condoled with the family, praying God to grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Mr Ifeanyi Ekweogwu, younger brother to the deceased, expressed sadness over the untimely death of his elder brother, noting that his brother lived a life worthy of emulation. While the service was on at Onitsha another a simultaneous service was on in New York for his internment. (MOI)