Former minister of works and chairman, Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Anthony Anenih, was yesterday, laid to rest in his country home, Uromi, in Arue-Uromi, Esan North East, of Edo State.
The funeral Mass, which took place at St Anthony’s Catholic Cathedral, Uromi, was a gathering of dignitaries including President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by the minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire. Others were former president, Goodluck Jonathan and PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, who was represented by his running mate, Peter Obi.
In his homily, the Catholic Bishop of Uromi Diocese, Most Rev Donatus Ogun, described the late Anenih as a good Christian who was a man of his word and who spoke of his convictions, irrespective of political affiliation. He also praised the deceased for being a man who believed that every problem can be solved.
“He was called ‘Mr Fix it,’ not because he could solve all problems, but because he believed any problem can be solved if people are ready to shift grounds.
“He was a man of integrity who lived by his words. As a Catholic, consistency was exceptional to him. He was an outstanding politician and mentor who kept his promises, who believed in giving others opportunities,” he said.
The Bishop also took the opportunity to remind all present of the call that every man must answer to. He said the life of a man is short and defined by God, adding that the day a man will return to God is uncertain. He therefore, urged Nigerians to make out time every day to get close to God.
“Let us work hard to make the eyes of God see us as His own.”
He warned Nigerians and politicians not to make promises they cannot fulfil because God will demand account from them.
Speaking on political campaigns for the 2019 general election, the Bishop urged politicians to campaign based on issues.
“Nigerians are tired of hearing rubbish. Give us something fresh. If you are hiring a campaign manager, tell us what you want to do to improve our lives.”
Others present at the funeral were governors Godwin Obaseki, Ifeanyi Okowa and Dickson Seriake of Edo, Delta and Bayelsa states, among others.
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