From EZE NWABUEZE, Onitsha
It was all tears and encomiums as the remains of Chief Joseph Madubuko, Anambra state Chairman of All Farmers Association of Nigeria, AFAN was laid to rest at his home town Anaku in Ayamalum Local Government Area, Anambra State.
The late Joseph Madubuko who died after a brief illness aged 60, was until his death the elder brother of Dr. Christian Madubuko, Anambra Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Indigenous Arts and Tourism.
Although tears rolled down the cheeks of bereaved family members, friends and well-wishers at his graveside, sympathizers and condolence visitors confirmed that the late Madubuko was a noble, humanitarian, honest and pragmatic leader.
In their separate speeches, Commissioner for Trade, Commerce and Wealth creation, Hon Uchenna Okafor, and his Lands counterpart, Hon. Bonaventure Enemali described the deceased as a hard-working and transparent leader who also contributed in the development of agriculture in the state.
Among those who paid glowing tributes to the deceased include National Vice Chairman Efi Igbo Breeders Association, Chief Felix Ikenga (Ide Ononenyi Abatete) who is also the Chairman South East Butchers Association.
Others were AFAN State Organizing Secretary, Anthony Nwabunwanne, Chairman Onitsha South Traders and Shop owners association, Chief Eric Uwaoma, President General, Bridge Head Traders Association, Onitsha, Sunday Obinze, Sunday Okolo (Odogwu Omor) an Enugu based legal practitioner. and Hon. Joseph Obidigwe, a prominent son of Anaku
They described the deceased as a decent, peace loving and caring man who influenced the lives of many persons across the country.
Ogilisi Igbo, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka noted that the dead who were birthed into eternity are better off because they do not experience much limitations as the living do.
ASMATA Chairman Onitsha Zone, Hon Uche Sam Emeka said that late Madubuko was a peacemaker, a man of his words and highly respected by Anaku people.
Also, Rev. Emeka Nwabia of the Anglican Church, Chairman Cosmetics and Allied products Association, Chief Uzodimma Ikwuka, Mr Clement Mozie, Chukwuemeka Obiasi, Benjamin Nwajiala and Joseph Obidigwe after consoling the bereaved family prayed that God will give them the fortitude to bear the loss.
Moreover, Dr Christian Madubuko who expressed sadness over the untimely death of his elder brother said that Late Uncle Joe was irreplaceable and a uniting factor in the entire extended family.” We did our best to save Uncle Joe but God knows why he took him suddenly. We shall continue from where he stopped. By God’s grace the children will not miss the absence of their biological father”.
However, his first son Joseph Madubuko (Junior) who described his father as a man with a good heart maintained that he and his siblings learnt a lot of virtues from their father during his life time and would uphold his legacies which are indelible.