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Ma Obiakaraije laid to rest amid tributes

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FOR the family of the late Pa Innocent and Ma Roseline Obiakarije, Friday, March 13, 2020 would ever remain in their memories as hundreds of prominent Nigerians, gospel preachers, family and friends thronged the family compound, Umuchie, Elu –ama Abueke in Ihite-Uboma LGA, Imo State.

  The occasion was the burial service of  Mama Onugo Roseline Obiakaraije, popularly called Mama Pastor who died  at  age of 88.

  The most interesting part of the occasion was the tributes to the heroine who was described as a preacher of peace and unity, who made up her mind to join the Christian faith in year 2000 thereby striving to ensure her name was not lost in the Book of life.

  In his message from Ecclesiastics 1:1-10, titled ‘One generation passeth and another generation cometh,’ Pastor Linus Arinze said that life was a vapour and vanity, adding that human beings should always number their years.

 Arinze urged people to amend their ways while still alive just as Ma Obiakaraije did with a passionate desire that her name was not lost from the Book of life.

  According to mama’s first son Pastor David Obiakaraije ”How you live your life  in your years counts so much before God. Mama was a colossus, role model, a crusader of peace, a jewel clothed with humanity and honour to her husband and children.

  Moreover, Mama’s second son, Pastor Modestus Obiakaraije said that the villagers could testify of his mother’s virtues of peace, submissiveness to her husband and pure Christianity without mixing it with idolatry.

  “She was a woman whose husband would buy wrappers for women in their compound but would only allow her to take after the elders in marriage had taken without complaining. She never quarreled with her daughters’ in-law though living with them.

  The Bursar, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Dr. Felix Ilechukwu, Prof. Charles Agbaegbu  of Micheal Okpara University, Umudike, Proprietors Ambassadors Great Talent Schools , Awada, Mr. Anthony Ezeude and his wife  Ifeoma, who came to commiserate with the bereaved described the matriarch as one who lived a saintly life and a pillar behind her sons who are Gospel Ministers.

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