The Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha who represented President Muhammadu Buhari and Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose, topped the list of dignitaries that graced the burial of Deaconess Bessie Ikpeazu, mother to Abia state governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, as she was laid to rest at his residence in Umuobiakwa community, Obingwa council area of Abia State.
Other dignitaries who attended the event include Cross River governor, Prof. Ben Ayade; his Akwa Ibom and Ebonyi counterparts, Chief Udom Emmanuel and Chief Dave Umahi; Anambra state deputy governor, Chief Nkem Okeke, Senator Theodore Orji, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Chief Judge of Abia State, Justice Theresa Uzokwe; Dr. Peter Obi, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu and wife of the Imo state governor, Nkechi Okorocha who represented the First lady, Aisha Buhari.
Speaking at the occasion, Ekweremadu described death as a fulfillment of God’s design for man on earth which was inevitable and beyond human remedy. He noted that the deceased had lived a fulfilled life on earth and gone back to her creator and urged Gov. Ikpeazu to strive to deliver more democracy dividends to the people of the state. In his homily at the funeral service, President of the Eastern Nigeria Union Mission of the Seventh Day Adventist, SDA, Church, Pastor Bassey Udoh said the late Deaconess Bessie lived for the less privileged and touched many lives.
Abia state Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, announced the death of his mother, Mrs. Bessie Ikpeazu (Nee Nwagwu) at the age 87 last month.
This was contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Godwin Adindu. The statement said Madam Bessie was a career nurse and midwife, who died during a brief illness in the early hours of Sunday, December 6 at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu.
Born on May 27, 1928 to Mr. and Mrs. Nwagwu Anaba of Umuafor Village in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia state, her father died in 1944 when she was 16 and her mother took the decision to send her to school, which she started at the age of 17.
Mrs. Ikpeazu got married to late Mr. Ishmael Uleanya Ikpeazu of Umuobiakwa Village, also in Obingwa, in December 1961 and this union was blessed with three children; Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu (Governor of Abia State), Mrs. Ocheze Edith Ugboaja and Barrister Iheanyichukwu Ugonna Ikpeazu.