By Jon Egie

 

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Remains of late Henry Olori lying in state before the internent

Remains of late Henry Olori lying in state before the internent

The remains of late Chief Paul Henry Olori has been laid to rest in his compound at Okpejiko Sreet, Ughelli; Friday, February 09, 2018

In A honily during the funeral rites conducted at the burial ground, the Rev Fr Magnus Alim described the late Henry Olori as “a good man”.

Reflecting on the life of the late business mogul, the Catholic priest said he baptized the deceased when he converted to the Catholic faith after he left a Pentecostal Church with the complaint that the pastor of the church was too money conscious and dubious. During his baptism into the Catholic faith he was christened Paul.

 

Rev Fr Magnus Alim delivering the Homily

Rev Fr Magnus Alim delivering the Homily

The priest added that he officiated over the late Henry’s first marriage that was lavishly celebrated but the marriage fell apart without issue.

“He married another wife who gave him his children but the marriage also failed and he married yet another. Women did not favour Henry Olori probably because he was open hearted, honest and frank.

“He was a good lover, he trusted people so much, he was very caring, kind and generous-a lavish entertainer. He spoke the truth and was very blunt. He was intelligent, smart and hard working. He touched the lives of many priests and was a patron of the choir. At 55, he achieved a lot. Henry has done his bid and God will show him mercy.

“God shows mercy even unto the dead especially when the livings pray for the soul of the dead because the dead cannot help themselves any more. So, we need to pray for the soul of Henry because Henry was a good man. We have come to pay our last respect and his spirit will be happy. We do not know how the spirit of the dead behaves until we die but if Henry’s spirit is around now he would be seeing us and will be happy to see his friends, relations and children at his funeral; he would also be sad for those who did not attend his funeral

 

His widow and children

His widow and children

“It doesn’t matter how long we live, the important thing about life is the impact we have on the lives of people while living and the quality of life we lived. Henry had a good share of life and so his children, family and friends have no cause to cry. They should see the good qualities he had and learn to practice them.

“Life is not about gathering properties, wives and children but affecting the lives of people positively. We are suffering in Nigeria today because of the greed of some people. I am worried whether it is the fear of death that makes some people to be greedy and wicked believing that after all, they would die and therefore there was no reason to do good.

“Each time I hold my Rosary I pray to the Virgin Mary to intercede for Chief Paul Henry Olori because he was a good man” the priest concluded.

There was a vent of emotion when the casket was opened for public view of the remains after which the body was commended to the hands of God and later interred.