THE remains of the late Pa Michael Nnaemeka Chukwunweife Ifesinachi, father of the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Anambra State Council, Sir Emmanuel Ifesinachi, will tomorrow, be laid to rest in his compound at Ngene Village, Amawbia, Awka South LGA, Anambra State.
A statement on his funeral arrangement, signed by Sir Emmanuel, who is his first son, stated that Vigil Mass will hold by 5pm today at his compound, No. 5A Nnonyelu Street, opposite Correctional Service,(Prisons Service), Ngene Village, Amawbia, while his body will leave Regina Caeli Mortuary by 8am tomorrow for a brief lying in state at his compound.
It further stated that there will be a Burial Mass by 10am at St. Mathew Catholic Church, Amawbia, followed by interment, after which condolence visits will commence and continue on Saturday, while a Thanksgiving and Outing Mass will hold by 9am on Sunday, December 13, at St Mathew Catholic Church, Amawbia.
According to the NUJ Chairman, “Pa Michael Nnaemeka Chukwunweife Ifesinachi, 105, was born into a polygamous family of the late Mmadubuonye Ifesinachi and NwanyaNkwo-Uba Nee Nwankwo-Nwedu from Nibo.
“A brilliant and naturally intelligent young and energetic boy, Michael started his early educational pursuit at Amawbia, later at Awonmama, in the present Imo State and Nsukka, in the present Enugu State as his father was a travelled civil servant.
“As a result of family instability which affected his education, he stopped at Standard III.
In pursuit of career and life existence, he joined the Nigeria Army. But after the 2nd World War in 1946, Michael left the military and joined the teaching profession.
“Not having the required satisfaction and fulfillment, he left teaching and joined the civil service.
“He worked in the then Public Works Department (PWD) which later transformed into Ministry of Works. He rose to the ranks of Superintendent of Works and Foreman before retirement in Enugu,in the old Anambra State.
“PA Michael Ifesinachi later returned to his home town, Amawbia, to contribute his quota in development of the town.
“An administrator and leader, he served his kindred, his village and town at different times and period, and on different groups either as a secretary or chairman. In the last moments of his life, he led UloN’Ato, Amawbia, for years and was the Chairman of OkeOkpa, Amawbia, one of the highest decision making bodies in the town before his death.
“One sparkling thing about his leadership quality is that he was always truthful, sincere, polite but firm in his approach to life and judgment based on his age and experience in life.
“A devote Christian, astute and committed Catholic, Pa Michael believed in the sanctity and supremacy of God Almighty as the maker and controller of all things. He also believed that survival and success in all things for any man depends on God’s grace, hence; he hoped in, relied on, depended on and looked up to God for his life and salvation.
“He ran his race as he persistently and consistently attended Morning Masses and Sunday Holy Masses punctually.
“He left the mother earth on Sunday, 19th July, 2020, and that was the Sunday he didn’t attend his cherished Holy Mass.
“PA Michael Nnaemeka Chukwunweife Ifesinachi will be missed for his uprightness, truthfulness, firmness and fairness in the dispensation of judgment.
“We pray God Almighty to judge him based on his faith in Him, grant him eternal rest and his Soul a place in His Kingdom”.