Tony Okafor, Awka
Crème de la crème of Nigerians on Saturday commiserated with Mr Nduka Obaigbena and family as they laid their mother, late Princess Margaret Obaigbena to rest.
In attendance were: Anambra State Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, the Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okoma, Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Central Bank, Mr. Godwin Emiefele, Labour Party Presidential Candidate Mr. Peter Obi, Governor of Ekiti, Mr. Kayode Fayemi, Business Mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Governor of Ogun State, Adedapo Oluseun Abiodun, Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu.
Others were : Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, Chief of Staff to the Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Ernest Ezeajughi, Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief Protocol Officer to Governor of Anambra State, Hon Chinedu Nwoye (Glamour), among others.
In his condolence message, Governor Chukwuma Soludo said, : “There is never a good time to lose one’s beloved mother. But this one is a celebration of an impactful life. May her gentle soul rest in peace and the good Lord grant Nduka and family the fortitude to bear the huge lose”
Mr Obaigbena is the founder and Publisher of ThisDay newspaper and chairman of ARISE News TV
The late Princess Obaigbena, a retired Nursing Officer in the old Bendel State Government and Special Adviser to three different governors in Delta State died few months ago at the age of 87 years
A mass was celebrated in her honour at St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Owa-Oyibo, Diocese of Ika, Delta State
Reflecting on the the topic, death and the living, the Anglican Bishop of Ika, Rt. Reverend Godfrey Ekpensi in his homily, lamented that contrary to God’s plan for mankind, many people would live their lives without recourse to death, emphasizing that death eventually awaited everyone.
Bishop Ekpensi listed trouble with the Nigerian society to include: lack of love for one another, heart full of hatred, tribalism, nepotism, selfishness, greed for money, life without ethical value, celebration of mistakes and errors.
Other evils in society, according to the bishop are: injustice, deprivation, falsehood, total belief in materialism and others, stating such evils must be done away with, if one would intend to make heaven and rest in peace.