Raymond Ozoji, Awka
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Parish Ifite-Ogwuari in Ayamelum local government area of Anambra state was filled to the brim at the weekend, as personalities from all walks of life accompanied the Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Uche Okafor, to a holy mass in memory of his late parents, Hon. Simon Nweke Okafor and Mrs. Caroline Udego Okafor.
The emotionally laden Speaker while addressing the congregation, recounted sweet memories of his late parents even though they left him when their company were most indispensable to him.
He noted that even though death was an inevitable end, he has found solace in the exemplary life his parents lived and vowed to uphold their legacies.
The Speaker’s late father was a former member of the Anambra State House of Assembly under the platform of the NPP and history has it that he was one of the proponents of transformational development in Ayamelum local government area.
He said the father died at 57 while his mother died at the age of 39 but according to him, his late parents would be rejoicing in their graves because he has not derailed nor deviated from the doctrines and teachings they bestowed on him, stressing that the teachings of his late parents have been his bible and guiding principles in life.
The young Okafor emphasized that he missed his parents a lot but would not question the decisions of the Almighty and all-knowing because he alone gives life and takes it whenever he deems necessary.
On his part, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka, a member of the Board of Trustees of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, who was part of the myriad of personalities that accompanied the Speaker to the church service, said that the Speaker had done well by remembering his late parents.
According to Ezeonwuka, “There is the need for people to understand the mystery behind according our parents, whether dead or alive, their deserved respect. The Speaker has performed a very important ritual that will attract a long term blessing to him and his family.”