By Florence Ugbem
The Archbishop, Methodist Church, Nigeria, Benue Diocese, His Grace, Most Revd. Oliver Ali Abah, has charged Christians to prepare for eternity by feeding their soul more than their body, in order to receive eternal life after death.
Most Revd. Abah who gave the charge at the burial service in honour of late Mama Rhoda Ananu Uloko, held at the Methodist Church Nigeria Norcross Cathedral Otukpo charged Christians to feed on the word of God, which will enrich their soul in preparation for eternity. He stated that the soul is the one that will appear before God.
The Archbishop also extolled the virtues of Mama Uloko who he described as loving, caring and who gave her time and resources lavishly for the benefit of humanity and called on those present at the service to emulate her examplary life of service and dedication to the service of God and humanity.
Speaking at the church service in honour of the deceased, Benue State Deputy Governor, Engr Benson Abounu who is the deceased’s in-law eulogized Mama Rhoda Uloko, describing her as a virtuous woman, a woman of substance, caring mother who loved God and spent her time on Earth in service to God and humanity.
In her tribute, Justice Mary Abounu explained that her departure is a celebration of life owing to the fact that she lived life to the fullest. She described the deceased as a virtuous and loving mother, a unifying factor, a role model, mentor, peace maker and a unifying factor who has fostered unity and togetherness in the family.
Pst. Abel Uloko, in his tribute said that Mama Rhoda was a bridge builder, a beacon of hope and light, who impacted on their lives beyond measure. He expressed delight in the incredible life of generosity, love and kindness which Mama lived and prayed God to help those she left behind to emulate her examplary life.
Dignitaries present at the burial include the Deputy Speaker, Benue State House of Assembly, Chris Adaji, immediate past Benue State Chief Judge, Justice Adam Onum, state Commissioner for Finance, David Olofu and Chairmen of Otukpo, Ohimini and Okpokwu Local Government Councils and other top government officials.
The late Mama Rhoda Ananu Uloko died on 20 February, 2021 aged 98 years.