Friends of the late Nwike paid him glowing tributes.
A former Deputy Governor of Anambra, Chudi Nwike, who was recently killed by kidnappers, was on Friday interred in his country home, Ogbunike in Oyi Local Government Area of the state.
The 60-year-old Mr. Nwike, who was the deputy governor to Chukwuemeka Ezeife in 1992 on the Social Democratic Party ticket was kidnapped on April 8 in Asaba and killed later by his abductors.
The officiating priest at the funeral, Rev. Fr. Vincent Ejembi of Makurdi Catholic Diocese in his sermon at St. Vincent Catholic Church, Ibollo, Ogbunike, warned those who committed the crime to repent or incur the wrath of God. He said that God would not forgive anybody who takes the life of his fellow human being.
According to him, the perpetrators still have the opportunity to come out of their evil ways.
The cleric, however, urged Mr. Nwike’s family, his community, the Anambra people and Nigerians in general to bear the loss and leave vengeance to God.
“God gives, and takes. Vengeance is His,” Mr. Ejembi said.
The incumbent Anambra Deputy Governor, Emeka Isibudu, who represented the governor, Peter Obi, paid glowing tributes to the late politician, a leader of the opposition Action Congress of Nigeria till his death.
Mr. Isibudu, while thanking God for the deceased’s life, said that Mr. Nwike was a worthy son of the state, who made his contributions to its development.
“We are not happy at his death but we must celebrate him and take the loss as Christians,” he said.
He appealed to the family to be more united now than before to ensure that their late father and husband’s legacies were kept alive.
A senator representing Anambra North Senatorial District, Margery Chuba-Okadigbo, urged the late Mr. Nwike’s wife, Jane and family to find peace and comfort in knowing that his loss was felt by all the lives he had touched.
“His loving memory will remain evergreen in our hearts,” she said.
Another senator, Chris Ngige, in his condolence message to the family, acknowledged the inevitability of death as a mystery whose solution lies with God.
“Yet, it still comes as a shock when death happens, especially, when it is the death of a brother and a friend,” he said.
Mr. Ezeife in his message said, “What do I write? That conscience is dead in Nigeria. Conscience makes the difference between man and beast. With conscience dead, those Brutish beasts, pointed their gun at the very gem of gentility, and indeed, pulled the trigger! Nigeria we shall hail thee! They took the money, killed the bearer of the money. Killed the cab driver – both strangers to them and strangers to each other.”
Mr. Godwin Ezeemuo, politician and owner of Orient Communication, urged the family to take heart and to be consoled by the fact that Mr. Nwike lived a good life.
“He will be remembered for his astuteness and integrity as well as his selfless services to the community Ogbunike, Anambra and Nigeria as well. We all miss him,” he said.