The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, has admonished Christian faithful in the South East to curtail their expenses during burials.
Ezeokafor made the call on Saturday in Umuchukwu, Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra, at the burial service of Chief Sylvanus Maduka, one of the community leaders.
He said that people spent a lot of money to bury their dead ones urging that they should curtail such spending as “it is vanity.’’
The priest noted that money wasted on flamboyant burials should be used in building good legacy, setting moral standards and helping the indigents in the community.
The bishop stressed that death was a necessary end to human living and it could only be made remarkable with the prints left behind by the individual.
“We spend a lot in burial, we should bury the dead but not to the extent of spending so much.
“We should strive toward doing goods and be prepared for death as it will come like a thief.
“There is no repentance in the grave, so everybody should look on to making heaven. There is death, heaven and hell,’’ he said.
The priest eulogised Maduka’s leadership qualities, philanthropy and assistance to the poor.
Anambra Dep. Gov. Dr. Nkem Okeke, said the death of Maduka was a great loss to the family, Umuchukwu community and the state in general.
He prayed God to grant the entire family the heart to bear the loss.
The Police Commissioner in the state, Mr. Karma Hosea, also described the death of the late Maduka as a big blow to both the family and Umuchukwu community. (NAN)