LATE Anthony Chinwendu Muoghalu, a businessman, has been buried in his compound in his hometown in Anogu village, Umuoji in Idemili North Local government area on Friday, April 9. He died on January 13, aged 66.
The carnival like burial ceremony began with the deceased lying-in-state in his home while members of his nuclear family, relatives, friends and well-wishers paid their last respect.
The burial took place in his compound after the Requiem Mass at the St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Aguma, Umuoji, officiated by the Reverend Father Gerald Efobi. Efobi enjoined the congregation to live an exemplary life of humility and service to humanity through which they will be remembered.
After the burial extended families, including in-laws paid condolence visits in a convivial atmosphere. Masquerades, dancers and musicians thrilled and entertained the audience.
Late Muoghalu was born on December 20, 1954, to late John Anagbo (Obiaku) and Grace Ugueze Muoghalu of Anogu village, Umuoji.
He was the third child of his parents and grew up at Forcados town, Bendel, now Delta State. He attended St. Francis Catholic School, where he completed his Grade 6 and obtained School Certificate before going to Our Lady’s High School, Onitsha, for his secondary education before going to Nigeria Police College, Yaba, Lagos, in 1975 where he trained as a police officer. He served briefly as a policeman before resigning to go into business.
His biography signed by Nnagozie Muoghalu for the family stated that late Anthony was a devoted Christian and actively participated in activities of the Catholic Church in Lagos and Umuoji. He was a member of the Catholic Men Organisation, CMO, St, Jude Thaddeus Society; Chairman, Harvest and Bazzar committee at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Amuwo Adofin, Lagos. He was also the chief security officer of Lake-View Estate, Phase 2, amuwo-Odofin, Lagos.
According to Nnadozie, late Anthony lived a very fulfilled life.
He is survived by Ngozi, his widow, four children, grandchildren, brother, cousins, uncles and many relatives.
In her tribute, Ngozi said: “I still find it hard to believe that you are no more. The day you left this world, my heart was split into two. One side was filled with memories, the other side died with you. Remembering you is easy, we have been partners and living together for over 36 years. In you, I found the love of my life and my closest truest friend. I hold you tightly within my heart and there you will remain; you see life has gone on without you, but it will never be the same. Until we meet again rest in peace, my darling husband.”
Also, Nnadozie, son of the deceased, said: “There is no doubt that you were most reliable father any son could wish for. You were the father who taught me how to walk but sadly I couldn’t walk a long way with you by my side. But your love and words of wisdom will stay with me forever.”
On her part, Chinwe Edioke, first daughter, described her late father as an angel and the person she idolisedso much. “You were such a living, kind, peaceful and caring father. My role model, my Super Hero, my confidant, my best friend, infact you were everything to me. I am grateful to God for having a father like you.”
Ikenna Muoghalu, second son, said: I was never ready for you to leave but I’m grateful to be there when you took your last breath. Every day I remember you and the great memories. Dad, you are incredible, courageous, resourceful and always in good spirit, even until you died…. I miss you dad but still feel you with me each day and I am living the life for both of us now.”
Camelita Eloji (nee Muoghalu), second daughter, stated that her late father sacrificed his years doing good for his family and beyond without wanting or expecting anything in return. “My dad set an example to other for his integrity and loyalty. There wasn’t anything my dad wouldn’t do to make our life better. His joyful, positive spirit was remarkable, along with his acceptance of everyone he knew. My dad was a very dedicated leader and gave his all in everything he set his to do.”
Charles Edioke, son-in-law to the deceased eulogized him, describing him as an icon of peace who was truly faithful to the course of unity in their families.
“You are a distinguished patriarch and pillar behind your children’s successful roles in different facets of life. Your sterling qualities were exemplary such that your distinctive ad good Christian benevolence positively impacted my life. You ‘re an exceptional father-in-law with proven elements of generosity and practical humanitarian.
“…If there is anything like reincarnation and we are coming back to life again, I will still be your son-in-law because you are the best,” Edioke said.
Arinze Eloji, another son-in-law, noted that late Anthony, in the midst of gloominess, was that bubbly and positive being who dared to defy the norm and bring light to others, adding that he gave him the gift of friendship and wealth of wisdom. “Truly, he was a man blessed with so much grace and strength and even on his sick bed, he kept that grace and overcoming spirit with him,” he said.
Also, Prisca Muoghalu, (nee Ogbumuo), daughter-in-law, said the deceased was the best father-in-law, she will forever treasure in her heart.
Choristers at the Funeral Mass- April 10, 2021 @ 9:46 GMT |