On my part, he stated “As Deputy I represent the Governor but I do not wish for this type of mass burial and I don’t wish anyone this experience. If anyone had told any of the victims that this will be their fate, they will not accept. But here we are. It is the duty of the government to provide roads but it is that of the citizens to use it well and avoid loss of lives.”
Dr. Okeke emphasized the concern of the governor for good conduct by drivers who make use of the road networks across the state. He reiterated the commitment of the government to stem recklessness on the roads hence the engagement of traffic wardens, while also ensuring security of lives and property across the state.
He called on all to pray for the victims and that God will console their families; whilst urging all to remain undaunted and embrace the Christmas mood by o attending the Christmas Heritage Carol slated to hold next Monday at Upper Iweka.
Earlier, the wife of the Governor of Anambra State, Chief (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano said that her heart bled on receipt of the news of the accident when she traveled out of the state. According to the governor’s wife, “It is with same heavy heart that I stand to commiserate with the Bishop, the Parish Priest and the berieved families.” She also echoed the concern for safety on the roads and urged drivers to observe road signs.
In his homily during the Mass, Catholic Bishop of Awka, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, said the “Burial today reminds me of the Burial of twelve persons in February killed by Boko Haram. However, prayer is what we owe them today. Stop crying over spilt milk, we need to forge ahead and life has to go on. Perhaps it could have been prevented. It is very painful when people out of carelessness we destroy life. Our duty is to preserve life and no one should take life.”
He thanked the governor Willie Obiano for the keen interest in the Burial programme for the victims to ensure that they got a befitting burial. He noted that the fact the Deputy Governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke and Wife of the governor Chief (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano and many government officials were present in the Mass is a clear indication of the caring nature of the government we have in power at Awka.
Highlighting the commitment of the governor to the development of the state, the Bishop stated: “I am not the Accountant of the Anambra State Government but considering the economic situation in the country and what we hear about other states, the fact that Willie is working is a major point to note why the people are happy.”
Bishop Ezeokafor, told the mourners not to forget that the nine victims actually went to fulfill their obligation by doing their corporal work of mercy by attending a burial and hoping to return home afterwards but they never made it. We should be ready but that does not mean we should fold our hands. He urged all to pray especially for the bereaved families that though it is tough, they should take solace that they died a good death doing the work of God.
The nine victims were amongst the people involved in road accident on November 20, 2015, some of whom are still recovering in the hospital. Read Here!
The Nigerian Voice