Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Nigeria senate President, Governor Francis Nwifuru of Ebonyi state, and former governors of the state as well as the catholic diocese of Abakaliki bishop emeritus His Lordship Micheal Nnachi Okoro on Friday, paid last tribute to senator Anyim Ude.
Anyim Ude, who represented Ebonyi south senatorial zone at the Senate between 2007-2011 was also a veteran journalist.
Speaking at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian church Iyioji Akaeze Ivo local government area of Ebonyi state during the burial, Senator Akpabio noted that the deceased left indelible legacies that would be difficult to fill.
Represented by former Governor of Ebonyi state Engr David Umahi the senate president explained that the ninth Senate honoured Ude and the 10th session honoured him three times.
“When his achievements and character were read on the floor of the Senate, everyone stood still.
He noted that when character is lost, everything is lost but money, health, and others can be replaced.
The Ebonyi state governor, Rt. Hon. Francis Nwifuru commended the deceased’s wife for taking care of him while alive.
“Any woman who takes care of her husband up till 80 years of age should be commended especially when it involves only one wife.
He assured the family that the state government will always support the family as anyone who loses the father must suffer.
“The government will also donate N15 million to the St. Andrews Presbyterian church which he built for renovations.
His Eminence, Ekpeyong Akpanika, Prelate and Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria in his homily urged leaders to emulate the virtues of the deceased and realize that wealth ends on earth.
He urged them to pause and reflect on what life is and how they will be remembered if they die.
“Nigerians are currently suffering as a result of the removal of fuel subsidy and the give leaders can provide free transportation to cushion the effects.
Former governors of the state Martin Elechi and Dr. Sam Egwu urged the family to maintain the legacy their father left which included value, good character, commitment, and conviction.
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