From Amauche Agbo, Abakaliki

The Minister in charge of Nigeria Reformed Church, Reverend Joseph Nwibo has laid his father, late Mr Paul Nwibo Nwamkpuma to the internal rest amidst a glorious tribute.

The late Patriarch who died at the age of 81 was laid to rest at his home town Ekirigwe Iseke in Ebonyi LGA of the State.

Speaking before committing the father to mother earth, Reverend Nwibo who is the first son of the deceased expressed sad over the death of his father, described his demise as shocking and a big loss to the family.

The cleric who said his father died at the time his fatherly advise is needed most, pledged to ensure peace, unity among brothers and sisters as exemplified by the late father while alive are being maintained accordingly in their own interest and assured to uphold the father’s legacies.

He described his late father as a philanthropist, humble, honest, peaceful, hardworking and a dedicated Christian who has impacted positively to the society while alive.

He appreciated the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, members of Nigeria Reformed Church and other Christian bodies, friends and well wishers for sharing with him in the time of grief and prayed God to bless them richly.

On his part, the chairman Christian Association of Nigeria, South East Zone, Reverend Father Abraham Nwali, enjoined the deceased family to take solace in God in view of the fact that death is a debt every mortal must pay one day.

He described the deceased as a good man whose kindness and humility new no bounds and prayed God to console the entire family and give them the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.

Also in their separate speeches, the chairman Christian Association of Nigeria Ebonyi State chapter Bishop Onyeuwaoma Umoke, the officiating minister Rev. Joshon Ebeke,
the National President of Unwu Ekumenyi Christian Union Professor Fidelis Okpata, the National Secretary of Izzi Gospel Ministers Association of Nigeria (IGMAN) Rev. Augstine Nwaji, Mr Augstine Nwechara among others advised the bereaved family to be consoled in the lord and commit themselves to God in all their dealings while praying for repose of the patriarch.

They encouraged the family to find comfort on the endless legacies their father left behind and put their trust in God to direct them in their day to day running of activities.

The burial ceremony attracted political office holders including the executive chairman of Izzi Local Government Area Barr. Stephen Emenike Nwankpa, the former head of service in Ebonyi State Dr. Chamberlain Nwele, the commissioner for solid mineral development Chief Christ Uchaji among others.

Highlight of the event was the display of cultural troops by different groups.