By; PETER NOSAKHARE, Kaduna
Late Senator Fidelis Okoro’s burial mass Saturday, opened up a drama series for the congregation who converged at his residential house in Iheagu Nru Nsukka to pay him their last homage.
All started when the Parish Priest of his town, Rev. Fr. Evaristus Isife who was present at the burial ceremony allowed the catechist to say the burial mass. Officiating the mass which is uncommon of catechists in the mass order of the Roman Catholic Church especially when a Rev. Father is present lifted every eyebrow as it kept the congregation in surprise.
The catechist struggled almost through his nose to follow the order of the mass as that has never been his office, either by omission or commission. This he did amidst the dignitaries surrounding him and his struggling face.
It was at the end of the mass, after watching the catechist in all his struggles that the Parish Priest picked up the microphone. Everyone looked up to hear the homily from the priest only for him to conclude the mass by telling the congregation that “The state of the late Senator is enough homily for everyone.”
Senator representing the Enugu North Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Senator. Chukwuka Utazi who has been patiently waiting for this drama to end could not hold his peace any longer. Embittered by what the parish priest did stood up and took the position of a man of God. He told the congregation that it was not in the powers of the living to judge the dead.
He drew his opinion from the biblical story of the two thieves who died at both sides of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. He insinuated that despite the judgements people held against the late Senator Okoro, that God might still give him a last and valid chance.
Speaking in the same vein, the former Governor of the old Anambra State, Senator Jim Nwobodo urged the entire congregation to help pray for a peaceful rest of the soul of the deceased instead of condemning him for his shortcomings on Earth. He said it’s only Jesus Christ that can judge the late Senator and not human beings.
Senator Jim recalled how the best commissioner who worked assiduously under him when he was a Governor was Senator Okoro. He severally referred to the late Senator as his ‘son’.
Dignitaries who attended the burial ceremony and under whose watch the whole drama played include Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Speaker Enugu House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi, Simon Atigwe, member House of Rep, Dr. Pat Asadu, member House of Rep, and countless others.
The New Nigerian gathered that the late Senator was in a bad book of the people following several of his anti-human policies which he held on to while he was still active in politics.