By Ononye VC
The Sun literally went down today across the horizon as the remains of one of the amiable senior priests of the Archdiocese of Onitsha, late Monsignor Greg Ejiofor Adibe Ph.D. were interred at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity Cemetery at exactly 12:35 PM by the Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Rev Valerian Okeke.
Three Bishops namely, the Chief celebrant, Most Rev Valerian Okeke, the Auxillary Bishop of Onitsha, Most Rev Denis Isizoh, and Bishop of Nnewi Diocese Most Rev Hilary Odili Okeke converged with hundreds of priests, the religious, family members, and other sympathizers for the burial mass and to bid him farewell.
The funeral mass was conducted under strict Covid-19 protocols such that only a limited number of people who were issued with tags were allowed inside the Basilica. The homilist, Most Rev Denis Isizoh eulogized the late Papal Chamberlain saying that he was a special gift to Onitsha Archdiocesan Presbyterium.
According to Isizoh, Monsignor Adibe demonstrated his love for the church and humanity going by his great contributions to the development of the Archdiocese and the Education sector where he wrote many books that have transformed the sector and impacted greatly on the lives of the people.
He also eulogized the late Monsignor for his achievements as the Chaplain of the CWO for many years as well as many other parishes he served as Parish Priest. Earlier in a remark at the beginning of the mass, Archbishop Valerian Okeke hailed the late Monsignor saying that he promoted priestly fraternity in the Archdiocese and gave hope to many of the faithful.
He mourned with the bereaved and rejoiced with the joyous. In his contribution, the Chancellor, Archdiocese of Onitsha, Very Rev Fr Prudentius Aroh, recalled the last moments of the late Monsignor Adibe after he was visited by the Archbishop and his entourage adding that he gave up the ghost minutes after confession. The Chancellor expressed gratitude to the Adibe family and the rest of other people who contributed towards the success of the burial.
They include the Catholic Women Organisation led by Dame Dr. Ngozi Nwanosike, ex-Governor Peter Obi, Prof Kate Omenugha, Abakaliki Youths Association, Catholic Teachers Association, and many others. Special mention was made on Rev Fr Tochukwu Onyeagolu who painstakingly researched and wrote the profile/funeral oration of the late Monsignor Adibe who died at the age of 75.
Parishioners of the Immaculate Conception Parish ICP had staged a vigil mass/activities in honor and peaceful repose of the soul of Monsignor Adibe who served as their Parish Priest before he died.