Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, has urged people not to do beyond their capacity on burials as he buried his father, Pa Simeon Soludo.
Speaking during the burial held at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Umueze-Isuofia, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, on Saturday, Soludo extolled his late father, saying he died a “staunch” member of the Catholic Church.
The governor also thanked everyone who joined in the ceremony, while reminding the people of a law guiding burial ceremonies in Anambra, stating that it was aimed at curtailing expenditure during burials as most people find it hard to bury their dead because of finance.
He said, “Spiritually, I remembered that my father was teaching us catechism after the civil war. There was a time he asked me a question, to recite what he taught us in catechism but I failed it and he flogged me, and since then I have not failed in catechism.
“We worshipped at St Jude and I served morning mass there before going to school and have our Block Rosary too.
“As an only son, my father today was blessed with seven sons, eight daughters-in-law, 22 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
“We did not print any posters, brochures, invitation cards, or give mourning clothes to people. We only wear mourning clothes to show we are mourning.
“Some people are poor and when they are mourning they go borrowing and sell their land just to get money for burial.”
The governor said that if he could bury his father as governor without much spending, others too could do the same.
In his homily, Cardinal Peter Okpalaeke also eulogised the late Pa Soludo for grooming his children in the right direction aimed at seeing God.
Okpalaeke said there were two types of death, physical and spiritual that is throwing one out of the kingdom of God if he failed to seek God when on Earth, adding that he who believes in God his life will be changed.
“Pa Soludo was a holy man and knew the value of the sacrament and God blessed him in many ways. He lived a life that pleased God.
“In any position, one finds himself he should remember that his parents did a little to him,” he stated.
Among the dignitaries at the event were; Governors Alex Otti of Abia State, Peter Mbah of Enugu State, former presidential candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi, and former governor of Imo State Rochas Okorocha.