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In Ihembosi, Fr Arazu goes home

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THE funeral rites of the popular Catholic priest and traditionalist, Rev Fr Dr Chukwunyelugwu Raymond Arazu have recently been fulfilled as Igbo tradition demands.   

  The ceremony, which took place in his family compound was graced by people from all walks of life like the President General of Ihembosi Progress Assembly, Prof. Christopher Ihueze, government officials such as the former Minister of Aviation in the First Republic, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, the immediate past Head of Service, Anambra State,. Harry Udu, clergymen, reverend sisters and the entire Ihembosi community in Ekewusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State.

  The eldest brother in the family of Arazu, Chukwuemeka Arazu also known as Agbalanze said, “he was highly a spiritual man; far above religion. He lived his life on humanity, a great dibia, priest and a philanthropist.”

  “You can summerise it by the name they call him, Nnaanyi Abraham, Ukafada, Nnukwu Dibia and Guru Chukwunyelum. His books are quite enough to immortalise him. By this time next year towards his birthday, there will be an international memorial lecture in his honour”.

  One of the nephews of the deceased, Solomon Arazu said he was raised by the priest from his primary to secondary school as well as his university level before he traveled abroad for further studies, noting that he has learnt a lot through him such as humanity and life, humility, patience, kindness, obedience, etc.

  Another brother to the late priest is the principal, Igwebuike Grammar School, Awka, Jovita Arazu, among many relations.

  In an interview, the former Head of Service, Harry Udu described the deceased as  phenomenal and a kind of person that comes once in a life time among people, adding that it will take time for his relations to fit into his shoes.

  In his words: “He was many things to many people. He was a philanthropist, a priest, confessor, prophet, a healer full of wisdom and so on. You will not be surprised to see all manner of people from different backgrounds here. He has touched people’s lives in many ways.”

  Also speaking, the CEO of Seahorse Lubricants Industries Limited, , Dr Ebuka Onunkwo, also known as Eze Ndi Igbo na Bene Republic, said that the late Fr Arazu was a great legend who lived a life of emulation and who he believed in him, his legacies, philosophy, teachings and understanding of the word of God and also commended him for being natural in his profession, adding that herbal drugs are mostly organic in nature than foreign drugs in the market.

  President General of Achala, Comrade Anthony Odiegwu said the world is a stage where everyone will come to play his own role and at the end, by the wishes of God, he shall return to his creator adding that he applauds late Arazu for being natural than sentimental or induced in his profession.

  While the former President General of Oraifite Development Union, Sir Ralph Nwaike, popularly known as Oradialo Oraifite said he should be immortalised by what he was known for as African traditional medicine doctor and further condemned all acts of fake drugs in the market.

  “People are wandering in darkness, taking all sorts of fake drugs. God gave us this man to help us in terms of roots and herbals. But we do not value what we have until we lose it…”

  Moreso, a friend of the family, Ugochukwu Ugorji, from Ukpo, prayed for the peaceful repose of the late Rev Fr Arazu and sympathised with the Catholic community, adding that God will bring back to them a person with such  spiritual gifts and healing power.

  “He had impacted a lot in the society by making people to benefit from his spiritual gift. I urge his family to take heart for all the legacies he left behind. He has played his own role and people have come in honor of him”.

  Highlights of the funeral were dances, masquerades; both big and small that toured round the arena to pay their last respect to the great traditionalist.

  It was also gathered that the late Fr. Arazu was the first president general and first indigenous Holy Gost Father in his community, the founder of ‘Ukwe Abuoma’ as well as many other people he trained in his profession and several positions he held both in the church and society at large.

  It will be recalled that the late Rev. Dr Raymond Arazu had earlier been buried last year at Awommamma, in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State according to the Catholic doctrine.

  Due to his leadership positions, many groups, associations and all the eight villages of the community were highly represented during the funeral.

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