GOV DIRI, FORMER PRESIDENT, OTHERS BID FAREWELL TO MRS. IKIOGHA~ Starimagenews.com
Former President of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, his wife, Dame Patience, Governor Douye Diri and his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo were among notable personalities that paid their last respect to the departed wife of Chief Diekivie Ikiogha at the weekend.
Speaking at the funeral service at Kpansia, Yenagoa, Governor Diri described the death of wife of the former Chief of Staff, Government House, late Pastor (Mrs) Roseline Ikiogha as painful.
The Governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, noted that God being the sole controller of life and death cannot be questioned for his decisions.
In a press release by the Senior Special Assistant to the Deputy Governor, Mr. Doubara Atasi, Senator Diri urged the Ikiogha family to take solace in the fact that the deceased lived a worthy life and is now resting in the bosom of the Almighty God..
He lauded Chief Ikiogha and his departed wife for their contribution to the Church, especially for building and donating a befitting place of worship to the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
According to the Governor, this and other contributions of the Ikiogha Family would enhance the service of God and impact positively on so many lives.
While sympathizing with the Ikioghas, Governor Diri prayed God to comfort those left behind by the late Mrs. Ikiogha and prayed for the peaceful repose of her soul.
Also speaking, former President Goodluck Jonathan described as heartbreaking the death of a spouse, saying the void created would be hard to fill.
He noted that the late Mrs Ikiogha was a devoted Christian who inspired a lot of people and enjoined the family to sustain the worthy legacies she left behind.
In a related development, the state Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo has condoled with the Agada Family of Anyu Community, Abua/Odual Local Government Area of Rivers State and Catholic faithful over the demise of Reverend Father Raymond Agada.
In a tribute, Senator Ewhrudjakpo described the passing of the 33-year old Reverend Father as tragic, but expressed hope that the deceased family had gone to be with the Church Triumphant.
Speaking at the funeral Mass at St Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Patani at the weekend, the Bishop of Bomadi Diocese, His Eminent Hyacinth Egbebo, acknowledged the humility and dedication of Father Agada to his priestly duties.
Bishop Egbebo also used the opportunity to thank the Senator Ewhrudjakpo for his contribution to the success of the burial and to the development of the Church.
In his homily, the Parish Priest of St Michael Catholic Church, Kpakiama, Rev, Fr Zachariah Funfeyin, enjoined Christians to be always prepared as death can come calling anytime