By Ugochukwu Alaribe

From left: Lady Mercy Orji, wife of former Governor of Abia State; Sen. Theodore Orji; Lady Flora Abaribe; Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe and Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, during the funeral service of late Deaconess Bessie Ikpeazu, mother of Gov. Ikpeazu, at Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Umuobi-Akwa in Obingwa LGA. Photo: Ibeabuchi Abarikwu

Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha who represented President Muhammadu Buhari and Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose, topped the list of dignitaries that graced the burial of Deaconess Bessie Ikpeazu, mother to Abia state governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, as she was laid to rest at his residence in Umuobiakwa community, Obingwa council area of Abia State.

Other dignitaries who attended the event include Cross River governor, Prof. Ben Ayade; his Akwa Ibom and Ebonyi counterparts, Chief Udom Emmanuel and Chief Dave Umahi; Anambra state deputy governor, Chief Nkem Okeke, Senator Theodore Orji, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Chief Judge of Abia State, Justice Theresa Uzokwe; Dr. Peter Obi, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu and wife of the Imo state governor, Nkechi Okorocha who represented the First lady, Aisha Buhari.

Speaking at the occasion, Ekweremadu described death as a fulfillment of God’s design for man on earth which was inevitable and beyond human remedy. He noted that the deceased had lived a fulfilled life on earth and gone back to her creator and urged Gov. Ikpeazu to strive to deliver more democracy dividends to the people of the state. In his homily at the funeral service, President of the Eastern Nigeria Union Mission of the Seventh Day Adventist, SDA, Church, Pastor Bassey Udoh said the late Deaconess Bessie lived for the less privileged and touched many lives.


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