By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba
Still filled with sorrow over the sudden death of their dear one six months ago, the family of the late Ozo Bernard Chinonye Agbadugo and Mrs Grace Ngozi Agbadugo, of Ubili Village, Nnokwa, Idemili South LGA, Anambra State, in resignation to the will of God, on Saturday, October 31, mourned the demise of the late Sir Bernard Chinedu Agbadugo, KSM.
The late Sir Agbadugo, who died at the age of 47 years on Sunday, May 31, 2020, was the immediate elder brother of the former parish priest of St Michael’s Parish, Rev Fr Robinson Agbadugo. He was buried on June 3, 2020 (the feast of St Charles Lwanga and Companions).
Leading in the October 31, 2020 concelebrated funeral Mass at St Mary’s Catholic Parish, Nnokwa, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia (CADEK), Most Rev Peter Ebere Okpaleke, thanked God for the life well spent which he blessed the deceased with. He prayed God to accept the Holy Mass of thanksgiving and grant the late Sir Bernard Agbadugo eternal rest in his kingdom.
In his homily, the Catholic prelate described death as a necessity which awaited everyone at a time known by God alone.
The bishop charged all to be on what he described as ‘red alert’, and make the best out of their short life on earth so as to gain the heavenly glory which was the will of God for his people. He tasked all on a life of repentance, holiness and respect for God.
Bishop Okpaleke observed that though the deceased died at a young age in the eyes of man, he passed on as a fulfilled child of God, who the creator had called back to his glory. He condoled with the bereaved family, praying God to strengthen their faith to enable them to get over the loss.
Fides gathered that the deceased, who died shortly after he was diagnosed of malaria, met his d
eath due to lack of medical attention from health workers who abandoned him over the fear of coronavirus.
The family, in a funeral oration read by the deceased’s first daughter, Chizaram Assumpta Agbadugo, eulogised him as a perfect father, whose love for his family, as well as his virtues of kindness and gentility, would be treasured by all.
The late Sir Agbadugo, a member of Knights of Saint Mulumba (KSM), Ejigbo Sub-Council and a business man based in Lagos, was survived by his wife of 13 years of marital bliss, Mrs Maryann Anulika Agbadugo; his five young children – Chizaram Assumpta, Chinecherem CarlBernard, Kaito BrunoBernard, Omasirichukwu Clairette and Chidumeje Kyrian, Agbadugo; his mother, Mrs Grace Ngozi Agbadugo; his four siblings, Engr Sylvester Agbadugo, Mr Jude Agabdugo, Rev Fr Robinson Agabdugo and Mrs Henrietta Adaora Ibekwute, and other relations.