The Parish Priest of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Agbor, Rev. Fr. Barr. Steve Chukwuma in his sermon called all to emulate the good virtues of late Chief Sunday Williams Anumele whom he said was an epitome of generosity to the needy.
Rev. Fr. Barr. Chukwuma made this call on Saturday 28th August 2021 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Agbor during the one-year memorial/posthumous 80th birthday mass held in honour of a “Man of Faith and Discipline” the Oye Dein Janma of Agbor kingdom, late Chief Sunday Williams Anumela.
According to him, “The gospel reminds us that on the last day, we will be judged according to how we lived our lives.
“The way we live with our neighbours today determines where our eternity will be, so, let us choose to be generous just like Chief Anumele was”
He also admonished every Christian to treat their neighbours as themselves, noting that whatsoever we do to the least person, we have done it to God.
Continuing, Rev. Fr. (Barrister) Chukwuma stated that he is sure that late Chief Anumele will be found worthy of God’s kingdom, pointing out that he was generous to the needy and cared for the sick, visited those in prison and those in hospitals.
While urging the immediate family to take solace from the fact that their father was Christlike, he prayed that God should look with compassion on the repose soul of Chief Anumele and grant him eternal rest.
The memorial mass which was massively attended by family members both at home and in Diaspora and other dignitaries to include; traditional rulers, politicians, academicians, parishioners of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Agbor, members of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Benin City, set 1987 of Ika Grammar School Old Boys, entertainers and others conveyed at Pace Hotel, Jim Ovia Street (former Charles Street), Agbor for a reception.
In an interview with our correspondent, Mr Henry Anumele, first son of Chief said their father was a disciplinarian and a good man who laid a foundation of a good life for his children and others around him.
In his words, “My father was a traditionalist but notwithstanding, he was Christlike. He taught us the negative and positive aspects of life and urging us to always treat people with love and care. I was heartbroken when I received the news of his death”, he said.
He said the death of his father was his greatest shock in recent time, saying that he never thought he will pull through it, but later accepted that it is it the will of God.
He pointed out that the last time he saw his father, the man was very healthy with no indication that he was going leave sooner than expected. He prayed to God to welcome him into his heavenly kingdom.
In the same vein, Mrs Mercy Ebele Iyaweh (nee Anumele) pointed out that their father was not just a father to his biological children, but was a father to all and a man who won the hearts of almost everyone he came in contact with during his sojourn on Earth.
She said the death of her father is something that cannot be erased in her memory, disclosing that part of her was buried with the remains of her dearly beloved father.
She added that she and her siblings will not be able to fit into the shoes their father wore while on earth pilgrimage.
Mrs Iyaweh expressed sadness, saying she missed the absence of her father. She prayed God to give them the strength to carry on with the legacies their father left behind and equally prayed God to grant his soul eternal rest.