AGULERI people and prominent sons and daughters of Anambra State wore mournful looks weekend, as they paid their last respect to a cultural icon who carried himself remarkably well all through his days on the ancient throne of his ancestors.
And as the colourful chariot bearing his remains rolled down the slope to his final resting place among his illustrious forefathers, it was very clear that Igwe Christopher Idigo, whose remains was buried on Saturday would be sorely missed.
Speaking during the Requiem mass held in his honour, at St Joseph Pro-Cathedral Catholic Church, Aguleri, Governor Willie Obiano extolled the Monarch as a man who enthroned lasting peace in Aguleri Kingdom.
Governor Obiano in his speech said that Aguleri community was not mourning because Eze Idigo lived and ruled well and called on them to rejoice in thanksgiving to God for his manifold blessings to the Community through the gift of late Eze Idigo whom he described as the greatest traditional ruler Aguleri has ever enthroned.
While appreciating everyone that came to join in the final respect to Eze Idigo, the governor expressed optimism that Aguleri will remain in peace forever, asking God to give his soul peaceful repose.
Earlier in a homily, Reverend Father Joseph Nwakobi who prayed that Eze Idigo’s exit will sustain peace, unity, better relation in his family, Aguleri and neighbouring communities, stressed that people should strive to live a good life, accommodate one another, and shun selfish quest for earthly gains that according to him ,slowpoke growth and development.
The former CommonWealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Senator representing Anambra Central, Chief Victor Umeh, Traditional Rulers, among others also attended the mass, celebrated by four Catholic Bishops and college of clergymen.
Eze Christopher of the Idigo Royal dynasty, who was born on November 25 1944 and joined his ancestors on January eleventh 2019, was until his death, the traditional ruler of Aguleri starting from 1995 to 2019.