By Kingsley Ezekwelu
The remains of late Mrs Christiana Obiano, mother of Gov Willie Obiano (Akpokuedike Global)has been laid to rest in her countryhome, Eziagulu village, Aguleri in Anambra East Council Area of Anambra state.
Late Mrs Christiana Chinelo Obiano was born in the year 1927, and died at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi on June 2,2017 at the ripe age of 90 after a brief illness.
The journey to her final resting place commenced with the reception of her remains at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi from where it proceeded to her hometown, Aguleri by the family.
The remains was contained in a white casket conveyed in a cart driven by horses as it made its way through major streets of Aguleri amidst cheering performances by a musical group.
The procession made a brief stop at her countryhome in the Amaeze kindred for a brief lying in state where family members, friends and wellwishers filed past the casket to pay their last respect to the departed martriarch.
After the lying in state, the body proceeded to St Joseph's Catholic Church field, Aguleri for a burial mass which was well-attended by dignitaries including the Gov Rochas Okorocha of Imo State represented by his deputy, Prince Eze Madumere; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas represented by Rear Admiral Federick Ogu; Minister of Interior, Abdulraman Dambazau, Members of the National and State Assemblies, religious heads, Members of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)family.
The special burial mass was officiated by the Archbishop, Metropolitan, Onitsha Catholic Archdiocese, Most Rev Valerian Okeke, who led other Catholic and Anglican clerics from within and outside the state.
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo who was represented by the Minister of Interior, General Abdulraman Dambazau in his condolence speech, noted that death is a necessary end but said the death of Late Mrs Obiano must be celebrated with gratitude to God because her life was well spent.
Archbishop Valerian Okeke in his welcome remarks, said all who believe in Christ, though they die, they would surely live and reminded christians that it pays to serve God as the late matriarch did.
The Primate, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Rev Nicholas Okoh, described late Mrs Obiano as a woman of peace as evident in the way her son, Gov Obiano has promoted peace among Ndi Anambra especially among the religious denominations.
In a homily, the Catholic Bishop of Nnewi Diocese, Most Rev Hillary Odili-Okeke urged Christians to open their minds to the reality of earthly life and the vanity of all its pursuits, so that they will strive for the heavenly reward, noting that death is gain for anyone who dies in Christ as they have the hope of eternal bliss.
In their separate remarks, the traditional ruler of Ojoto, Igwe Dennis Okafor and the Provost, Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Lady Ego Uzoezie described Mrs Obiano as a devout Christian who lived a fulfilled life of service.
Responding, Gov Obiano who is the Chief Mourner, said his mother lived a life of purpose through which she was able to impact people around her especially the less privileged, noting that he and his siblings will immortalize her by upholding the legacies which she left behind.
He expressed appreciation to all who supported them during his mother's ailing days as well as those who came to commiserate with them, praying God to repay them in whatever way they have contributed to the success of the event.
The body was later interred amidst performances by various musical and cultural troupes as well as condolence visits by friends and wellwishers of the Obiano family