St. Paul’s Catholic Church Owerri was filled to as the remains of Ezinne Francisca Onyemuwa Njoku, mother in-law of the National Deputy Chairman (South) of the United Progressives Party, UPP, Chief Chris Ejike Uche, were laid to rest, March 2.
In a sermon during the funeral Mass, the assistant parish priest, Rev. Fr. Henry, reminded people that they will all die some day and urged them to love God and worship Him in truth and in spirit.
The priest noted that there are testimonies that Ezinne Njoku lived a good life while alive and urged people not to take pride in the things of the world, but in serving God. He expressed faith that God will accept the soul of Ezinne Njoku and urged Christians to always show love to one another.
In a tribute, the National Deputy Chairman of UPP Chief Ejike Uche, described his late mother in-law as a woman of virtues who spent her life time impacting positively on others and ensuring that people lived in peace and unity.
The UPP boss said the deceased gave her all in ensuring the welfare of people around her, in her community, at the church and at her work place, Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri, where she retired as a Matron, Catering Services.
Chief Uche urged other women and even men to emulate the virtues of Late Ezinne Njoku, while expressing conviction that his in-law has gone to be with the Lord.
In an oration, the first son of the deceased, Mr. Austine Njoku, described the late Ezinne Njoku as hardworking, humble and a lover of God and education.
He noted that late Ezinne Njoku loved all her children equally and played the role of a shepherd
The burial attracted many priests including Rev Fr. (Prof) Jerome Okonkwo, who was the chief celebrant, assisted by Rev. Fr. Dr. Mark Njoku, Parish Priest, Holy Cross Aladinma among others.
The national leadership of UPP also emptied in Owerri to sympathize with their own, Chief Ejike Uche. The National Chairman of the party, Chief Chekwas Okorie was represented by the National Organizing Secretary of the party, Benji I. Duru; while the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) of the party, Ama Iwueze and a member of the BOT, Emma Ozuzu were present.