By Regina Igwebuike
Nibo (Awka South LGA), April 16, 2021 (MOI) Rev. Fr. Anthony Attansi says God’s providence does not act irresponsibly. God is not a wasted being; he gives life and gives it in full.
Fr. Attansi said this during a Requiem Mass for late John-Basil Kamsi Okonkwo at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Nibo on April 14.
Okonkwo’s life was cut short when Dangote truck loaded with cement fell on him, where he was standing by the road side at Enugu on April 7.
The 23-year-old Okonkwo was an only child of his parents and a fresh graduate of Political Science, from the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU), Igbariam, Anambra East Local Government Area (LGA).
According to Fr. Attansi, God is angry, pained at the way life is wasted in this country, emphasising that what God has proposed for the deceased has been cut short by the irresponsibility of a people in a nation that did not love its children.
“People’s lives have been cut short by Dangote trucks and nothing has done because we are in a nation where money is valued more than life.
“Life is treated cheaply in this country; God so much loved and still loves.
“There is no working society, a nation with broken policy because of the irresponsibility of men and women alike.’’
He said that the death of the young man had revealed the pain of God and all could remain in pain; a youth with so many promise and dreams for a better society had just been wasted.
Fr. Attansi noted that he did not know the deceased nor his parents but his death went viral and so he came all the way from Port Harcourt to pray and commiserate with the family over this kind of death that revealed an absence of God.
He said that it was easier for people to say that God’s will had been done when one died, urging all to draw strength from Mary’s words to Christ, noting that this was the kind of situation she found herself when Lazarus died.
The cleric urged all to appreciate the absence of God in this kind of death, the pain of God that Kamsi died and to acknowledge the glory of his presence and his consolation in spite of his absence.
According to him, when Mary said Lord, if you were present, was an acknowledgement that Christ was not there.
“There are times in life that it seems God is not present; an only child and son of a parents died; is it how God wastes, that which he cherishes?’’
He explained that the absence of God was that aspect of his presence Christians should appreciate so that if things happen, they should not be swept away under God’s providence without thinking about the incident to know what God wanted to show further.
“Kamsi’s death is one of such situations where we have to reckon with the reality of God’s absence, the only gift to parents when remembered feel hopeful about life is no more, it is darkness.’’
Fr. Attansi urged the parents of deceased to abandon themselves to God knowing that he would console them, praying to God to look with mercy on the deceased whose death had caused them pain.
According to testimonies, Kamsi was an epitome of charity, love, kindness, a personality whose smile drew hope to many.
The cleric noted that this little kindness was needed in a country without leadership, praying to God that all might experience consolation deep in their hearts; a consolation that challenged all to live out what Kamsi lived for.
Rev. Fr. BAC Obiefuna thanked Mr Val Ozigbo, an Anambra gubernatorial aspirant under one of the political parties in the upcoming Nov. 6 election for being supportive to the family of the deceased’s family.
Fr. Obiefuna explained that if Kamsi was not doing well, Ozigbo would not have identified with the family.
He thanked those that mentored Kamsi, noting that the deceased was a star; a Senior prefect 2015 set Tansi College, Awka and President Political Science Department COOU Igbariam.
The cleric observed that in his 11-years-stay at St. Theresa, Nibo he had never witnessed this kind of turnout for a burial, urging the parents of Kamsi to take solace in people’s testimonies about their late son.
Some of the dignitaries in attendance include Principal Secretary to Anambra Governor, Sir Willie Nwokoye, Anambra Head of Service (HOS) Barr. Harry Udu, and Member representing Awka South II Constituency in the Anambra State House of Assembly, Mr Chukwuma Okoye. Others are Permanent Secretary Ministry of Basic Education, Lady Nwando Obiano, HOD Political Science COOU Igbariam, Prof. Charles O Arinze, and Director Awka Diocesan CWO, Lady Sabina Ndigwe. (MOI)