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THE remains of the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano on Audio-Visual, Late Mr. Randie Enyioma Chima, who died on Saturday, August 11, has finally been laid to rest on Thursday, October 25, in his hometown, Oguduasa, Amuta community, Isiukwuato Local Government Area, Abia State.

The burial, which was attended by dignitaries of Anambra State Government, family members and large sympathizers began with requiem mass held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Oguduasa, with Rev. Fr. Anthony officiating. In his homily, Fr. Anthony, who spoke on ‘Time as prelude to eternity’ enjoined men to live good life within the spate of time set by God, adding that man should be conscious of the short time he has on earth and fill them with good works, friendly relationships and credible devotions to God without which such existence is meaningless.

While commiserating with the Chima family, Amuta community and the people of Abia State on the sudden departure of Randie Enyioma Chima, the Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, ably represented by the special adviser to the Government of Anambra State on farm Implements/Mechanization, Mr. Paul Nwosu, deeply lamented the loss.

In his address, Nwosu disclosed that the keen identification and participation of many people with Randie even in death and the diverse calls received by his family bear testimony to how impactful, eventful and purposeful his life was.

“On Tuesday, we had vigil Mass for Randie at Awka. In this Mass, the Governor and Deputy Governor were in attendance, the Secretary to the State Government, Solo. Osita Chukwulobelu was there, the Chief of Staff was there, all Senior Special Assistants, Special Assistants, Members of House of Assembly, and other principal officers were all there.

So it was a large gathering. Everywhere were replete with people. Even after the requiem, numerous friends and well wishers of Randie continued with the event not minding the heavy downpour that night.

This shows the kind of person Randie was.”
“Apart from his pin point expertise in discharging his responsibilities, that is apart from his excellent services in telling our story of success to the world, Randie was a good man and philanthropist, He was a man whose life can be described as impactful, eventful and purposeful. He maintained cordial relationship with everyone around him.” He said.

Nwosu enjoined all and sundry directly and indirectly affected by Randie’s departure to take heart and only mourn as people with faith in the resurrection of the dead, adding that his unexpected death was not only a huge loss to his family, Amuta community, Abia State but Anambra State inclusive.

He prayed God to furnish all with the fortitude to bear the great loss. In recognition of Randie’s relationship with the government, he assured the readiness of Anambra State Government to be of any assistance that would cushion the effect of Randie’s absence.

In his farewell speech, the Managing Director and CEO of Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation (Publishers of National Light Newspapers, Ka O Di Taa, SportsLight Xtra.), Sir Chuka Nnabuife, through his songs /Poems entitled “At Heaven’s Gate/Randie” and “Goodbye Dear friend. Songs/poems dedicated to his friend, Randie, Chuka described Randie as ‘…a man not only known for his humour, valour, honour, and candour but also one who exuded through life in the manner uniquely his…. A true friend of any friend, a beloved…a lover of good ones and goodness and one who lived his life speaking for others’… among others.”

While bidding him farewell through his second song and poem entitled “Goodbye Dear friend, Chuka promised to stand for Randie like he would.

“I will vent for you
In celebration of you
As I heed your exit-
Good night, dear friend”, He concluded.

With heavy heart, the Chief Mourner – Mrs. Ngozi Benny Ikeh-Chima, assessed her late husband as the nicest person she had ever had. She regarded his charitable life and deep concern for the society and thanked the Anambra State Government, her husband’s numerous friends and relations for their tireless solidarity in her moment of deep confusion.

In his remark, Mr Patrick Oke, described Randie as an irreplaceable loss, adding that the footprints he left in the sands of time will forever remain indelible in the hearts of those he has affected positively.

“Though seven year older than him, Randie was like a son to me. Apart from my encounter with him while mentoring him, Randy walked with me for years thereafter. And in these years, he was always committed. He never walked for money or any reward, and when he did that, he neither complained nor grumbled. Even when offended, Randie would easily forgive.

He is such a rare friend and colleague. May his soul Rest in the bosom of the Lord,”. He concluded.

While commiserating with the Chima family, the Editor-in -Chief and Publisher of Anambra Compendium, Mr Okechukwu presented two copies of The Anambra compendium to his family, stating that Randie contributed immensely to the success of the Compendium. “Each time you see this compendium, you will always see Randie.” He concluded.

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