It was a moment of grief for family members and people of Ivite Aguleri during the burial of one of their illustrious sons, Chief Anthony Egbunike Nneli, who passed on at the age of seventy after a long battle with stroke.
Correspondent Kenechukwu Chukwudi reports that the burial mass for Chief Nneli, Oji Aguleri, held at St. Francis Catholic Church Aguleri, attracted people from far and near; who paid their last respect to the deceased.
In his homily, the Chaplain of Chapel of Immaculate Conception, Pope John Paul the second Major Seminary, Okpuno, Reverend Father Melchizedek Chidiobi, emphasized that Christians should be forgiving and compassionate with one another, as God Himself is merciful.
Speaking after interment, the eldest son of the late Chief Nneli, Mr. Chukwuemeka described his father as a strong man who never gave up easily despite battling stroke for fifteen years, while his daughter, Miss Chinelo explained that her father was a loving family man, urging all to always express their love and spend quality time with their loved ones.
A friend to the Nneli family, Chief Paul Nnaama who came to condole with them, noted that the deceased was a hardworking man with exceptional character, and recalled that after the civil war, he relocated to Lagos and engaged in Engineering work; despite not having formal education, and later travelled wide, with immense contribution to community development, both at Lagos and Aguleri.
On his part, Sir Simeon Amaegbu, described as unfortunate the death of Chief Anthony, and used the opportunity to encourage people to make peace with one another, noting that life on earth is transient.
Condolence visits from family members, friends and top government functionaries; including the Special Adviser to the Governor on Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Mrs. Vera Okonkwo, and the Senior Special Assistant the Governor on Media, Mr. Marcel Manafa, featured at the event.