Ezezue's of Amawbia bury mother in grandstyle, as Bishop Okoye receives threat text

www.odogwublog.com reports that Late Ezinne Grace Ezezue , Awube Nwanyi Nne Ijele, nee Udeji of Umueze Village, Amawbia , Awka South local government area , Anambra state has been laid to rest amidst pomp and ceremony.
Hundreds of Reverend Fathers, and Reverend Sisters as well as three Bishops including the Catholic Bishop of Awka diocese, Most Reverend Paulinus Chukwuemeka Ezeokafor , former Bishop of Ahiara Diocese , Most Reverend Dr Peter Okpaleke,  and the Auxiliary Bishop of Awka , Most Reverend Jonas Benson Okoye  as well as Rev Fr Jude Udemezue of Catholic diocese of Nnewi to mention but a few. Friends across Nigeria but particularly from Lagos Archdiocese came in their large numbers to witness the event.
Late Madam Ezinne Ezezue was a renowned member of St Anthony of Padua, dedicated member of Legion of Mary, committed Church warden, outstanding Chorister and active member of CWO both Mulumba’s Catholic Church New Heaven Enugu and St Mathew’s Catholic Church, Amawbia.
Aged 92 years, Late Ezinne Ezezue who lost her husband at the age of 71 was an epitome of humility, hospitality and love for humanity. She valued and preached peace, characterized by truth and alms giving, bequeathing her children exemplary legacies. She was survived by 6 children, 26 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, 3 sons in law and 2 daughters in law.
In his homily at St Mathew’s Catholic Church, Amawbia, the Auxiliary Bishop of Awka diocese, Most Reverend Jonas Benson Okoye urged the family to continue with the legacies their mother left behind while encouraging Christians to ensure their lifestyles on earth while alive are worthy of emulation.
Bishop Okoye raised an alarm that he got a life threatening sms message even though he did not go into details of who sent it and why, said those threatening to kill him are late because he is in the Lord and fears nothing including death. He said Fr Vin’s life is characterized by the legacies their mother left behind.
At the vigil on Thursday, the former Catholic Bishop of Ahiara diocese, Most Reverend Dr Peter Okpalaeke in similar tone eulogized the outstanding traits Late Ezinne Ezezue exhibited that endured her to their entire community and wherever she resides.
Bishop Okpalaeke pointed out that God has a way of recognizing the good work of people in His vine yard and those who are diligent as He did with Late Ezinne Ezezue’s family. He thanked the Ezezue’s for celebrating their mother while alive and urged others to emulate such.
Mr Samuel Ezezue , aka Akidi Amaokeani spoke on behalf of Sir Peter Ezezue aka Nnabuenyi at the vigil while  Rev Fr Vincent Ezezue, CSSR, the Parish Priest of Archangels’ Satelite Town Lagos spoke on behalf of Peter too at the burial ceremony at St Mathew’s Amawbia.
Fr Vin described the unprecedented solidarity across board at the burial as an honour for him as a person and to his family members as their mother is no more to see the crowd.
While praying for Mama Ezezue’s soul to repose in peace at the grave side, the Catholic Bishop of Awka , Most Reverend Paulinus Chukwuemeka Ezeokafor reminded Christians to be mindful of their actions and inactions as man is dust and dust shall man return to.
Governor Willie Obiano who eulogized mother general qualities of Late Ezinne Ezezue was represented by his Principal Secretary, Mr Willie Nwokoye. He added that as a mother of a priest, she was mother to priests hence a state figure and therefore worthy of Governor’s attention at her burial.
For a family friend and Retired EEDC Feeder Manager, High Chief Chukwukadibia Nwannebuike Aron Onwelukwue , Owelle Ugbene the qualities of Late Ezinne Ezezue was incomparable and outstanding hence her smiles and outreach to others remained contagious till death, adding that a gem and mother general was lost.
On his part, a the Parishioner of Archangels’ Satelite Town Lagos and Managing Director of Paf Nigeria Limited, Sir Paulinus Agbaje said the threat to Bishop Okoye was unwarranted as anyone threatening a man of God is threatening himself or herself. He said Late Ezinne Ezezue’s testimonies he heard since he came was excellent and encouraging.

One of the priests who is a friend of the family, Rev Fr Jude Udemezue said his observations of the Ezezue’s shows that they are unique and receptive to guests no matter their societal standing, hence mama’s demise was a home coming for so many.

Over 90 priests and Reverend Sisters attended the vigil on Thursday while more than 180 priests attended the burial ceremonies. Barr Harry Uduh , HOS Anambra state was also present at the burial.
Her children Peter, Ngozi, John , Samuel, Vincent, and Ifeyinwa took time to eulogize their late mother even as Fr Vincent in his eulogy decried that he never got to say good bye to his late mother.

Written by Odogwu Emeka Odogwu
Photo of the Auxiliary Bishop of Awka , Most Reverend Jonas Benson Okoye middle with right Rev Fr Vincent Ezezue, CSSR, the Parish Priest of Archangels’ Satelite Town Lagos with other children of Late Ezinne Ezezue including left& right Peter, Ngozi, John , Samuel, Vincent, and Ifeyinwa
Ezezue's of Amawbia bury mother in grandstyle, as Bishop Okoye receives threat text Ezezue's of Amawbia bury mother in grandstyle, as Bishop Okoye receives threat text Reviewed by Odogwu Emeka Odogwu on Thursday, April 19, 2018 Rating: 5

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