The mood of family members, mourners and friends was sombre and tears flowed freely at Uke in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State when the 28 people that died at the stamped during a night vigil a month ago at Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry were committed to mother earth.
The funeral mass was attended by over 27 catholic priests led by Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha Archdiocese, Most Rev Valerian Okeke.
Thousands of Catholic faithful within Anambra and neighbouring South-East states thronged the venue of the funeral mass.
Daily Times observed that the narrow road that was blamed for the deaths during the stampede had been expanded and the main auditorium arena also enlarged by three or four times its size the night of the tragedy.  
During the funeral mass, the Spiritual Director of the ministry, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Obimma, who was elated that in spite of the tragedy, thousands of people attended the mass, thanked the Archbishop and Catholic faithful for their special love for God to attend the mass notwithstanding the scorching sun even as he urged people to be encouraged by the blessings of the Archbishop on the ministry?s ground.
In his homily, the Archbishop of Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha, Most Rev. Valerian Okeke, urged the faithful to give thanks to God; adding: “God understands every situation and His-will should be done always?? even as he consoled the families affected by the tragedy and the Adoration Ministry family.
The Archbishop also made special supplication for the repose of the souls of the dead victims and speedy recovery of the injured.
Okeke admonish the faithful to give their entire life to the service and worship of God in everything; adding: “Nobody knows the time appointed for him to leave here on earth??.
“Though, I would not advice anybody to be lazy; but it should be clear to all that it is not by your daily hustling you merited anything in life. That is why everybody should bend to the will of God.
“We must be ready to follow the will of God; and accept divine providence.
“God must have taken our sisters and brothers seeking Him to a peaceful rest even as they have come with their various burdens to Him.?

Twenty-eight people died and over 60 persons sustained injuries in the early morning hours of Saturday, November 2, 2013 stampede.


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