By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu
A Catholic priest, Rev Fr Peter Ndianefo, has urged wealthy individuals in society to always help the downtrodden, less privileged and the Church, even as he identified wise use of wealth to serve God and humanity, as one of the cardinal means of preparing for heavenly race.
He explained that acquisition of wealth should be seen as a privilege from God to touch lives, especially the needy in society for the sake of posterity.
Rev Fr Ndianefo, who is the Vicar, St Francis Catholic Church, Enugwu Ukwu, Njikoka Local Government Area, gave the admonition during a Thanksgiving Mass for a successful end of mourning period for Pa Dominic Anaebonam Obiekezie.
While condemning excessive emotional attachment to wealth in society, he reminded Christians about the vanity of earthly treasures, which, he said, must be left behind on death.
According to him, people should rather use their wealth, beauty, time and talent, to glorify God and uplift humanity while still alive.
‘Anything you love more than God is your idol. If you are wealthy, look around your environment and find out who you can help with your wealth. It is meant to be used to help life while we prepare for eternity,’ he said.
Fr Ndianefo spoke against the spate of ritual killings in society, wondering what profit one could derive from what he described as the wild chase for wealth and worship of wealth prevalent among young people.
Reflecting on the life and times of the deceased, Prof Theresa Obiekezie, daughter and immediate past Commissioner for Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy, said her father was a very knowledgeable man whose death she was yet to believe.
She described the mourning period as not easy with the family, but she expressed the hope that they would overcome the reality of his demise even as she believed that all glory should be given to God at all times.
According to her, Pa Obiekezie concentrated on building human infrastructure as a civil servant and never had the craving for wild acquisition of wealth.
The first son of deceased, Dominic Obiekezie Jnr, expressed optimism that the end of the mourning period would sign post good tidings for the family.
He pledged to sustain good legacies left behind by his father and protect the image of the family which, he said, was what he fought hard to achieve during his life time.
One of his sons-in-law, Kingsley Ogoemeka, said he missed the father’s wise counsel which, he said, contributed in shaping his life positively.
A chieftain of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Njikoka, Chidi Ibemeka, thanked God for keeping the family safe throughout the mourning period, just as he believed they would do better and be strengthened by God.