…Amid Pomp, Pageantry
The body of late Paramount Ruler of Aro Ngwa Ancient Kingdom in Osisioma Local Government Area of Abia State, HRM Eze Edward Ndukwe Enwereji who died recently was committed to mother earth over the weekend in his Umuonye Ukwu Village country home amid pomp and pageantry.
During the requiem mass conducted for the deceased at St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church, Aro Ngwa, the Parish Priest, Revd Fr. Sixtus Amadi described Late Eze Enwereji as a man who had implicit confidence in God.
The man of God in his sermon gave examples and illustrated the vanity of this world and why people should rely fully on God.
“We came into this world naked and empty and so shall we go back, adding we shall only be remembered by the impact we made while alive,” he stated.
Revd Fr. Amadi then used the opportunity to urge the late monarch’s children to sustain the integrity, honesty and uprightness their late father was known for as the best legacy they would maintain for his memory.
The first son-in-law of the late monarch and a renown minister of God in Port-Harcourt, Revd. (Barr) Faraday Iwuchukwu in an interview with newsmen lamented the loss of his father-in-law.
He said the late king was the best thing that has ever happened to his family. “Since 38 years I married his daughter, it has been favour and goodluck all the way and I have not had any cause to complain to him.
“Though he tried at the age of 93 but we had wish he could have stayed longer with us because of what he represent to us”.
Revd. (Barr) however prayed for the repose of the Eze’s soul and the protection of those of them he left behind.
Many prominent personalities paid glowing tributes to the fallen hero including the Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, knights of St. John International, Traditional Prime Minister of Aro Ngwa Autonomous Community Hon. Chief C.U. Onwukwe and other business and political associates as well as many other groups the late king had touched their lives.
In the funeral oration read by the graveside, the late king was described as the man of the people who ruled his people with the fear of God, adding that it would be heard to fill the vacuum he created.
They recalled that Eze Enwereji was instrumental to a lot of development attracted to their kingdom.
“Late King Enwereji through his contact gave many youths a life line through skill acquisition programme or scholarship scheme,” they said.
The late monarch was said to be an educationist, successful yam and poultry farmer who was celebrated in the kingdom and beyond.
Left to mourn him were six children, many grand and great grand children.