The body of a middle aged man, late Chikodi Michael Nwobike alias “officer” aged 52, who suddenly slumped and died six(6) months ago without warning was committed to mother earth at his compound in Ogbodo Isiokpo, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State over the weekend.
Delivering the sermon at the burial ceremony, Evang. Daniel Kelvin Archibong of the Redeemed Christian Church of God admonished the mourners to be prepared at any time for their own stipulated day as according to him, “everyone born of a woman has a date to return to his maker.”
Taking his text from 1st Thessalonica 4 Vs 13-20, captioned “Are you ready?” The man of God said a situation like burial time reminds one of his/her own readiness to meet with Mr death.
He emphasized that the world is indeed a market place where everybody would go and after completing his/her assignment of buying or selling returns home.
He made it clear that whenever one dies, his/her own trumpet has sounded and there is no waiting or going back but to respond immediately, adding that what is important is for one to leave a good legacy that he/she would be remembered with.
Evang. Archibong said it is also important one strives towards making heaven as hell and heaven are real place of eternity afterwards.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, mourners from far and near converged at Ogbodo to pay their last respect to the deceased.
His young widow, Mrs. Patience Chikodi Nwobike lamented that her husband did not live long enough to reap the fruit of his labour and pleaded with public spirited individuals to support her in raising their tender children.
The “Alimini Isiokpo Ekpo” masquerade led by Eze Godwin Chikweri Amadi-Imenwo, Okozu the 20th, which the late Chikodi was an active member, performed thereafter to entertain the mourners at the venue.
Among those left to mourn the deceased are his three tender children including Miss Favour, Master Destiny and Miss Prosper as well as Chief (Dr.) Goodluck Nwobike, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the area.
Speaking with newsmen on behalf of the Nwobike family, Chief (Dr) Nwobike said they mourn with pains the death of their son Chikodi which he noted, came at a time the family needed his services most.
He prayed God to accept his gentle soul and give the family the fortitude to bear his untimely demise.
Highlight of the event was the offering of family prayers by Pastor Promise Deeledigi for God’s protection, peace and provision.