Nigeria (Blank NEWS Online) –By Albert OGRAKA, in Benin City:
Truly the final journey home for the late Super Eagles Chief Coach and renowned football tactician, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, CON, has begun today (Thursday, July 28) with a Requiem Mass at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Airport road in Benin City Edo state.
The motorcade bearing the corpse of the late “Skippo” arrived the church premises at about 09:30 am with the children, family members, friends, fans and well wishers.
The Very Rev. Fr. Richard Ofere and Fr. Paschal Omono who conducted the mass disclosed that Late Keshi, who was a parishioner at the St. Paul’s Catholic Church was a calm and humble person and kept his heart close to the Lord.
Speaking in his sermon, the officiating priest, Reverend Father Richard Ofere said that although Keshi was dead after a very short interlude on earth, there was hope for Christians, as they would ressurect in the body on the last day.
Reading from the book of John, chapter 11 and 12 with the story of Lazarus ressurection, the priest reassured loved ones that “although he(Keshi) had died, death is not the end of a Christian man. We must believe in the resurrection of the body”.
Very Rev. Fr. Richard Ofere reminded the Christian faithful that death is not the end of the Christian life but a re-union with Christ. He advised them to live a life worthy of emulation, saying that Stephen Keshi’s patriotic disposition to the service of his country and hard work had earned him best global accolades.
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