Anambra – The remains of the four members of the Ezebuala family, who were victims of the Kano bomb blasts on July 29, were on Thursday buried at Uga Community.
Uga is in the Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra.
The atmosphere was characterised by wailing and grief as the corpses of the victims were brought for final commendation service at the church.
The deceased were Nnamdi Ezebuala (48) and his three children: Chinemerem (14), Chiamaka (12) and Nmesomachukwu (10).
They were killed when Boko Haram sect members launched bomb attacks simultaneously at various points on two busy roads in the Sabongari area of Kano.
Gov. Peter Obi, who could not hold back his tears, described the incident as “a national calamity’’.
Obi said that Anambra had faced similar ugly incidents in years past when Anambra indigenes were slaughtered in various parts of the North by Boko Haram insurgents.
He expressed dismay at the level of destruction of lives and property in various parts of the North.
The governor said that his administration had fought to ensure security of lives and property, “which has made Anambra State a beautiful place for local and foreign investors’’.
The governor urged the Ezebuala family and the people of Uga to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude.
He said that government would take over the welfare of the wife of the deceased and her two surviving children.
Speaking during the service, the ‘Commanding Officer’ of Uga Corps of the Salvation Army, Maj. Emeka Ezechukwu, described the death of the victims as manifestation of the love of God towards those who loved Him.
Ezechukwu said that the victims as children of God met their death in the house of God, where they had gone to worship God.
He noted Nnamdi Ezebuala and his children were strong members of the church, whose commitment were fervent.
The cleric prayed God to grant them eternal rest.
The Chairman of Uga Democratic Vanguard, Chief Peter Okala, thanked the governor for finding time to come to commiserate with the people of Uga and the Ezebuala family.
Okala said that the Uga Community had been over-shadowed by anguish and tears since the death of the Ezebualas.
He, however, prayed God to grant the departed souls eternal rest and for God to grant the family of the deceased fortitude to bear the loss.
The Founder of Konigin Des Friedens, Uga, Monsgr. John-Bosco Akam, where Chinemerem was a student, described his death as national tragedy that had affected the lives of the young generation. (NAN)