By ABDULWAHAB ABDULAH
The remains of the late Vanguard newspapers sports correspondent, Mr. Richard Animam, were yesterday laid to rest at the Missionary Cemetery, Kobape Road, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
At the funeral where family, friends and colleagues bid the late sports writer bye, the officiating minister, Pastor Omofuna Agbon, supported by Rev. God-dey Ikekhuoff, urged those who were at the short service conducted at the cemetery to note that one day, all of them will pass on to the great beyond, hence they should do good works and worship God and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
Agbon said human beings were created by God to worship Him and fulfil His obligations arguing that a day would come when everyone will bid this world bye.
He said what will make the dead see the face of the Lord was how he or she kept the obligations and his good works.
Quoting from the Bible, the priest said life was worthless, but what makes it worthwhile was the good work each individual pushed forward, when alive.
He noted that Animam did not know the time for his death until he died last week.
The Pastor said, the only joy was that Animam lived a worthy life as a Christian, urging those at the cemetery to learn a lesson from his death as a young man.
He said, “Richard has come and fulfilled God’s obligation upon him. He died as a good Christian. So, I want each and everyone of us here today and those who are not here to know that a day will be our own appointed date. It is the will of God that we were born, and it is His will that we shall die one day.
“Richard is no more here now, it is only the dust that is before us. His soul is with the Lord, where he is resting,” he added.
The dust to dust ceremony was performed on him at about 2.17 pm, when his remains were committed to the mother earth.
A Christian wake keep was held for him at his residence, 8, Fagba Crescent, Agidingbi, Ikeja on Friday. He was survived by a 5 year-old daughter, an aged mother, a brother and two sisters. He passed on to glory on Monday, January 17, 2011 at the age of 40 years after a brief illness.