Remains of late Nze Israel Ekeleme Nwachukwu, father of Dr Obinna F. Nwachukwu, Group Executive Editor of Nigerian Pilot Newspapers/Nigerian Newsworld Magazine, was yesterday laid to rest in his family compound at Umunneorie village of Udo Autonomous Community in Ezinihitte Mbaise LGA, Imo State.
Pa Nwachukwu, aged 93, who died after a brief health challenge, until his demise was community leader, former councillor in Mbaise County Council and pioneer chairman of Aladimma Udo Ama Autonomous Community.
Delivering sermon at the requiem church service in honour of the deceased at St. Michael’s Anglican Parish, Umunneorie Udo, Venerable Ozioma Nwaogazi, Bishop’s chaplain who stood in for the Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Mbaise, Bishop Chamberlain Ogunedo, described death as the inescapable end of life on Earth.
He enjoined Christians to always fear God by keeping his commandments so as to benefit from life after death as promised the faithful by Christ Jesus, adding that the exit of the righteous brings joy rather than sorrow to both the deceased and those he left behind in the world.
Describing Pa Nwachukwu as a devout Christian and community leader who devoted greater part of his active life serving God and humanity, the Bishop’s chaplain charged the children of Nze Nwachukwu to lead lives that would sustain and improve on their father’s legacies.
Ven. Nwaogazi lamented the increasing wave of idolatry, avarice, bribery and corruption among several other vices that characterise the lifestyle of today’s Christians and called for a change of attitude in order to escape the burning wrath of God.
“Christians must shun all vices if they do not want to incur the wrath of God and escape eternal damnation. God’s wrath awaits the wicked and no man can escape judgement because of religious denomination or material contribution to the Church,” the clergy said.
In a tribute, first son of the deceased and Group Executive Editor of Dom Communications Ltd, Abuja, Dr Obinna Nwachukwu extolled the sterling leadership qualities of his late father, saying he lived a fulfilled life despite daunting challenges in his early days.
Dr. Nwachukwu assured that he would continue to live a life of faith in God like his father, and thanked the church, his kinsmen, friends and associates who identified with him and the entire Nwachukwu family during the trying times.

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