By Francis Igata,Enugu
The remains of wife of former civilian governor of old Anambra State, Caroline Chinweolu Onoh,were yesterday, at about 2.56pm,laid to rest in Enugu-Ngwo, Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State amidst tears from sympathizers who thronged the ancestral home to bid,’ Mummy’ farewell.
At a requiem high mass at Holy Ghost Cathedral presided over by Catholic Bishop of Enugu Dioceses, Callistus Onaga, which started at about 10.50am,Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of the state,described the late matriarch,as a virtuous woman of exemplary character who inspired many with her selflessness, humility, simplicity and sincerity.
Ugwuanyi spoke during the Requiem Mass for the late Mrs. Onoh which was attended by an array of dignitaries comprising the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano and his wife; the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu; the Governor of Ebonyi State who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Bernard Ugwu; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Barr. Geoffrey Onyeama;and wife of the Enugu State Governor, Mrs. Monica Ugwuanyi.
Others dignitaries include former governors of Anambra and Ebonyi States, Mr. Peter Obi and Chief Martin Elechi respectively,and Archbishop of Enugu Province (Anglican Communion), Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma among others.
The Enugu governor noted that the late Mrs. Onoh was a devout Christian, community leader and dedicated mother who rendered great service and made exceptional contributions to the development of the society.
While offering condolences of the Government and people of Enugu State, the entire South-East geopolitical zone and the nation at large, Gov. Ugwuanyi urged members of Onoh’s family, friends and well-wishers to take solace in the:”Worthy legacies and examples that she left behind”.
He equally thanked the bishops and other members of the clergy, other governors of the South-East, members of the National and State Assemblies, traditional rulers, Igbo leaders, and eminent
personalities from different parts of the country and all those that participated and contributed towards the success of the funeral mass.
In his sermon, a visiting priest and principal of College of Immaculate Conception (CIC), Enugu, Rev. Fr. Nnamdi Nwankwo, said the deceased embodied many Christian virtues which made her worthy of sainthood. He urged the Catholic bishop to consider initiating the process of canonization as a fitting tribute for her “exemplary live.”