Unarguably, it is sad when you lose a loved one. But you are consoled when you realise again that the deceased lived a fulfilled life worthy of emulation.
This feeling becomes more tellingly effective considering the reaction of Nigerian High Commissioner to Jamaica, Maureen Tamuno, to the passing of her father, Elder Clement Chepaka, recently.
The patriarch of the Chepaka family of Agbabiri in Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State died at 93.
The late Chepaka, who was a media practitioner and producer with the Rivers State Ministry of Information, was a statesman, a custodian of history and tradition and disciplinarian to boot.
In a condolence message, President Muhammadu Buhari commiserated with the High Commissioner over the passing of her father and family’s patriarch.
In a statement, the President sympathized with the family, friends and associates of the departed, urging them to find solace in his good works, especially at the Rivers State Ministry of Information and Broadcast, where he worked for many years as a producer and broadcaster.
President Buhari also prayed for the repose of the soul of Elder Chepaka.
Although the date for the burial is yet to be announced by the family, a source revealed that plans are ongoing to give their patriarch a befitting burial.
Tanumo, a woman blessed with brains, beauty and confidence, is someone who believes that women should play important roles in the society.
Over the years, she has continued to deploy her God-given talents to the service of humanity.
Since she was appointed as Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, she has not disappointed her people and those who entrusted her with the job.