It was a moment of grief and ceaseless wailing for the people of Egbelubi Amawo Village in Mbutu Nweorie Autonomous Community, Imo State, as the wife of the Chairman, Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Mrs. Patricia Adaku Onyeodi, was laid to rest at her husband’s compound.
Onyeodi, 39, a native of Enugu State, died as a result of complications during childbirth in Abuja, recently.
The chief mourner, Comrade Paulinus Onyeodi, family members and sympathisers who came from far and wide could not hold back tears as the body of the 39-year old mother of two was lowered into the grave after a brief church service.
In a sermon at the requiem service, Rev. Raymond Abara of the Christ Saints’ Bible Church Inc observed that though Patricia died at the unripe age of 39, her death should be seen to have occurred at God’s own time.
The cleric, who emphatically reiterated that death is inescapable, maintained that what is important is not when a man dies but what awaits his soul after exiting the earth.
Citing Psalms 90: 12, Rev. Abara described life as a school where every experience is a lesson on its own and admonished all those who came to sympathise with the Onyeodi family to learn a lesson about life from the demise of the lady rather than weep.
He charged Christians to understand the need to make judicious use of their days since no one else but God has control over the life of man on earth and urged people to make peace with one another while alive.
In his tribute, the chief mourner, who could hardly suppress his emotions, described his late wife as a model and inestimable jewel.
He prayed for the repose of her gentle soul, even as he remarked that the entire Onyeodi family would forever remember her for her virtues, adding that her demise has left a big vacuum in his life and that of their little children.
Onyeodi, who is also the National Financial Secretary, National Union of Petroleum and Gas Workers, NUPENG, thanked all those who came to support him and his family and prayed God to grant Patricia’s soul eternal repose.
In their various tributes, NUPENG, NLC, Mbutu Community, home and Abuja branches among others poured eulogies on the deceased, describing her as an epitome of humility and charity.
The burial ceremony attracted representatives of labour unions from Port Harcourt, Warri, Lagos and Abuja among several notable personalities.


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