By Uche Enem
You are my husband, a father, hero, teacher, researcher, acclaimed horticulturist, mentor, astute administrator, traditionalist, unassuming man, peaceful, classless man, a man of the people, a joke cracker, dogged fighter for justice, commissioner for happiness, a fulfilled man and an achiever.
I love you because you are the source of what I am today and will forever make you proud.
I celebrate you because you grew to great heights from little or nothing.
You were my academic mentor up to my PhD,
You inspired me and encouraged me with my administrative career,
Whenever the going was getting tough, you often reminded me that, ‘it’s only a tree with fruits that people throw pebbles at’ – Caro Obiefuna
January 4, 2019 was a memorable day at Nkitaku village with many Priests, Religious, friends and well wishers at the burial rite of Prof Julius Chiedozie Obiefuna who died on 17th November, 2018
The Homilist, Rev. Fr. Michael Anozie, cried over the bad Nigeria economy especially in the health sector. He frowned at the way Christians kill themselves and hate their neighbours over greed and selfishness. He charged Christians to have daily reflection of their lives and make improvements.
At the end of the mass, the remains of Julius Obiefuna was interred at his compound as friends showed their solidarity by condoling with the deceased family.
Earlier at the Vigil mass on 3rd January, 2019, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor likened the human body to a vehicle that should be maintained. He consoled the family member of the deceased and encouraged them to have faith in the Lord.
Using the biblical story of Lazarus and the rich man, the bishop charged all Christians to live a lives that please God, adding that we will be judged by the type of life we lived on earth.
‘I have a reason to praise the lord’ were the words of Rev. Fr. Boniface Obiefuna in his vote of thanks. He shared some adventurous stories of his late brother and eulogized some virtues of his brother. He said that his brother never believed in superstition and praised him for his faith in God. He thanked all who came from all part of the world especially the academic circle for the burial of his only remaining brother.
Julius Chiedozie died as a Professor of Agriculture at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri. He was born on 4th June, 1948 to Chief and Lolo Nwokoye Obiefuna in Nkitaku Village, Agulu. He is survived by Caro (wife) and five children (Chioma, Kenechi, Elonna, Jideobi and Nosike)