BY KENECHUKWU OFOMAH
Following the demise of Mrs. Christiana Obiano, mother to the State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, condolence registers have been opened at the
Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia and the State’s Government House, Awka.
Mrs Christiana Obiano died last Friday, at the age of 90 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi after a brief illness.
The Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia was a beehive of activities as various groups and individuals trooped in to pay their condolences to the Governor.
First was the State Executive Council led by the Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke who in his remarks described the Late Mrs Christiana as a devout Christian who had fought the good fight of faith saying although she will be greatly missed by many, her legacies will continue to be a beacon of light to all who came in contact with her during her sojourn on earth.
He assured the Governor, that the Council will stand by him during the trying period, urging him to remain resolute in his efforts to build a prosperous Anambra State that everyone will be proud of.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Sam Okaula who led a delegation from the State Security Council while pointing out that the loss of a dear One is always painful, acknowledged that having lived a good Christian life, the deceased is resting in the bossom of the Lord, asking the Governor to take heart.
The Governor also received the State Traditional Rulers Council led by the Traditional Ruler of Okpuno, Igwe Sunday Okafor as well as the Anglican Bishops in the state led by the Archbishop and Metropolitan, Province of the Niger and Bishop of Aguata Diocese, Most Reverend Christian Efobi.
In his condolence message, Archbishop Efobi pointed out that the joy of death is when one dies in Christ, as it is only then that there is the hope of eternal glory, adding that the Late Mrs. Christiana was a woman of peace who raised her children including Governor Obiano in the way of the Lord.
Responding, Governor Obiano thanked the individual groups for coming to commiserate with him over the loss of his mother and noted the high level of solidarity which Ndi Anambra across board have shown him has gone a long way to strengthen him in the period of grief.
He described the death of his mother as a huge loss which has been very difficult for him to overcome due to their closeness; he however observed that having died at the ripe age of ninety, his mother lived a fulfilled life on earth.
Governor Obiano solicited for the prayers of the Church especially as the rites of final passage of the late Lady Christiana is expected to commence by next month.
A minute silence was also observed in honour of the late Martriach while special prayers were said by the Anglican Bishops for the Obiano family and for the repose of the soul of the dead.