By Vera Sagesse-Bassey
Members of the Christian Pentecostal Mission (CPM) refused to bury their heads in mourning but sang and danced while saying goodbye to the church’s founder, Reverend Obiora Ezekiel, who died in 2021.
He was buried on March 25 at the church headquarters in Lagos.
A thanksgiving service in his honor that began at 8 a.m. was attended by many dignitaries, including Emzor Pharmaceutical CEO, Stella Okoli, and National Chairman, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Bishop Wale Okay, among others.
The thanksgiving program coincided with Mother’s Day. The women, dressed in blue and purple capes and robes, walked to the altar for prayer.
The deceased’s wife, Mama Ezekiel, as she is affectionately known to church members, even though she was mourning her husband, thanked God for the life God’s servant lived.
Oke congratulated the church members for a well-coordinated burial given to Ezekiel. He remarked that this was the first time the NFP had wrapped its flag around a member’s coffin. He explained that Ezekiel was one of the founding fathers of the Pentecostal Fellowship churches in Nigeria and also a former president of the PFN.
His sermon was titled “If you see someone who is ungrateful, you see someone who is bad.”
At the consecration, he gave the example of Abraham and Isaac, saying that it was through Isaac that God’s covenant was fulfilled, not through Ishmael. Later, he prayed that the church and members would cooperate with the late founder’s wife to fulfill God’s plan for the church.
The late founder’s daughter, Ogechi, described her father as a hardworking man who served God and humanity with passion.
She added that her late father was not born with a silver spoon, but worked for everything he had: “He was a man of integrity. He was time conscious in everything he did. He was an empathetic man, unlike some ministers of God who want to trample on others.
She said she would miss her father and promised to emulate his legacy.
She encouraged mothers to do their best in instilling good morals in their children so that they would become responsible Nigerians that everyone would be proud of.