IKA WEEKLY – The remains of late Bishop (Dr.) Benedict Okwuokei, General Overseer of New Creation Bible Church, who died in a ghastly auto-accident last month along Warri/Agbor Road was committed to mother earth on Friday amid wailing and crying by members of his family and church members.
The ceremony which drew men of God and members of the Christian family across the state, climaxed when the casket bearing the body of the late bishop was finally lowered to the grave.
Speaking at the church premises, the venue of the funeral service, the State Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria Chairman, Bishop (Dr.) Pius Odioko enjoined the Pastors and members of New Creation Bible Church to keep the church intact. He advised them not to allow division to come into their midst.
Bishop Odioko specifically admonished them not to neglect or abandon the wife and children that the late Bishop Okwuokei left behind, as he noted that the wife, Mrs. Okwuokei still remains the mother of the church, and as such they should accord her due respect and honour.
He asked for prayers for the family, the church and ministers of God, praying for divine guidance and provision for all from the Almighty God.
Bishop Odioko, supported by five other ministers of God promised to offset three years house rent for late Bishop Okwuokeiâ€™s family.
Speaking also, Bishop (Dr.) Kingsley Enakirere, who is the State PFN General Secretary noted that death was a necessary end, which should be seen by every christian as a change over.
He stressed that there was no need for anyone to cry for the death of a loved one who died as a christian, but to rejoice because â€˜death is a transition to greater gloryâ€™.
Bishop Enakirere observed that sadness can only be allowed if there was no good relationship with God.
Ministers of God who were present at the service include Rev. Thomas Ukwute, State PFN Deputy Chairman, Rev. Dr. Oke Akokotu, State PFN Assistant General Secretary, Dr. Chris Oko, and many other ministers of God.