. . . christians Urged to Be True Imitators of Christ
By Michael Jude Nwolisa
The remains of the late Engr. Cletus Umegboro Maduafokwa were on Thursday, 13th December, 2018, laid to rest at his home in Odoata, Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State, immediately after his funeral mass at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, Ihiala.
Engr. Maduafokwa, popularly known as A-boy Nwanna, while on earth, was said to have lived an active Christian life. Among many leadership positions he held in the church, both in Awka where he was based, and in Ihiala, his hometown, included the Coordinator of Holy Ghost Vocation Movement, Awka Chapter, and the Movement's Provincial Executive for South East, between 2005 and 2018.
He was aged 69 before his death on the 23rd October, 2018.
In his homily, during the well attended concelebrated mass, which had 17 priests in attendance, Rev. Fr. Paulinus Ibearugbulam, urged Christians to model their lives after Christ 'whose footsteps we are called to follow.'
In the homily titled, “How Do You Define Yourself”, Fr. Ibearugbulam reminded all that building one's life on the passing pleasures of the world would only lead to eternal damnation. He urged Christians to define themselves by the person of Christ and imbibe the true virtues of faith, hope and humility which, he said, were key to eternal life.
'These virtues were what the late Engr. Maduafokwa was known for,' he concluded.
Speaking to Fides, Mrs. Ifeoma Ezeogidi, the last child of the late Engr. Maduafokwa, described his father as a great man with a high level of integrity who would neither be bribed nor coerced into telling lies. She further described him as a role model to many who knew him and added that his life of wisdom was the greatest quality she learnt from her father for whom she prayed GOD to grant eternal rest.
Mr. Oseloka Obaze, the PDP candidate for Anambra, 2017 gubernatorial election, a close friend of the deceased's family, also described the deceased as a very humble, self-effacing and dignified gentleman. He recalled how they all prayed and hoped for the best when the deceased was down with ill health. He conveyed his condolences to the family, praying God to grant them the fortitude to bear the loss and for the peaceful repose of the soul Maduafokwa.
Testimonies of a life well lived were also heard from priests and other close family friends, each bearing witness to the Christ-like nature of the deceased, as well as and asking GOD to grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.