A TRIBUTE TO LATE BAR. UCHE WISDOM DURUEKE

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My mentor and closest confidant…The news of your death came to me like a Tsunami

That call from Owerri that afternoon left me devastated. I almost fell off my seat when my phone slipped off. As I didn’t want to believe the news. But how can I believe a thing like that?

Barrister, did we agree that you would be leaving so soon? You didn’t tell me anything close to that. Our friends were asking if it was Covid that took you away. I was confused because Covid could not have prevailed against you. Even when I reached Chibundu and Amuche…

The story I heard was still unbelievable and didn’t make sense. Domestic fire accident took away your life? How come? I asked many questions but couldn’t get their answers.

Barrister, you made me cry everyday, since then… You appeared in my dreams, almost every day. I had to pray when it became an issue. Even last night in my dreams, you came to say good bye. I cried until it was daybreak.

As I write this, Tears are still running down my cheeks, uncontrollably. Even after we hugged and said good bye last night. My Barrister, it is very painful to admit that you are no more.

I refused to mourn you in the open. For within us, you knew what we shared. If I say you were my mentor, I am not lying. I learnt development work from you.

My Barrister, do you still remember our USAID project? We couldn’t have done that without you. I remember how I dragged you into election petition matters. You joined and became one of the best across the country.

Barrister, you were my legal adviser. You saved me from several embarrassments. I recommended you to everyone around me that needed legal support. Now that you’re no more, who do I run to? Will I ever find a replacement for you?

Barrister, this vacuum you have created is too much. It’s a big blow to me and many others I know. What can we do without you?

Oh Lord, have mercy! Good bye, my dearest friend and confidant as you’re being laid to rest tomorrow… I say it again because it didn’t work last night.

May your gentle soul continue to rest in the Lord In Jesus name… AMEN!

Sincerely yours,

REMY CHUKWUNYERE,

President, AFRYDEF

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