By Nick Chibunna
Dignitaries, including members of the noble order of knighthood, within and in the diaspora were among thousands of sympathizers who gathered at St. Simon’s Anglican Church Ugirike, in the Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State to bid farewell to late Lady Martha Nkechi Nwigwe who was intered penultimate Thursday.
Late Lady Martha N. Nwigwe (Nee Igwe) was the wife of Sir Stephen I. Nwigwe, the pioneer president of the Ikeduru Council of Knights. The funeral service was well attended as noble knights and their ladies lined up major routes in their full regalia to accord their member her last respect.
Preaching during the funeral service, the bishop , Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru, the Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Chigozie Maduwike JP, described the late Lady Nwigwe as a great woman of God, who during her life time served God and humanity with all her strength.
Taking his central theme from the gospel according to Saint John 1:47 entitled; “The call of the righteous”, Bishop Maduwike said that as Jesus called the righteous Nathanael who was under the fig tree, and revealed himself to him, so had he called late Golden Mother out of this troubled world into His rest.
He said that the name Nathanael means God’s gift, adding that the late Lady Martha Nwigwe was a great gift to the church of God and the society at large.
The prelate who said that the late matriarch was silent but a dogged fighter who loved God and His people, enjoined the bereaved family to bear the great loss with fortitude. He said as Christ died and resurrected from the dead, those who died in Christ would surely resurrect into His glory.
He decried the present godlessness in the world, warning that the time of recompense is at hand. He implored the children of God to be patient no matter what they are passing through, assuring that as Christ conquered the world, so shall His own conquer their negative circumstances.
Earlier, at St. Peter’s Anglican Church Ikenegbu Owerri, during the commendation service, the priest in charge, the Rev. Barr. Festus Opara had described the late matriarch as a committed Christian mother who served God with uncommon zeal and resilience.