MR SIMON EBONINE
When things happen we try to ask many questions and seek answers (sometimes superficial) to satisfy ourselves. Since the news of your death came to us we have not been able to find any answer or answers to the simple question; why? No matter how much we try to philosophize on life and death . However as Christians and Igbos we know that all powers and decisions on and in our life are sanctioned by God- Uchechukwu- and with this we continue to praise His mighty name, ask for His mercies and love , submit to wish till the last day.
Simon , I believe you have served God well here on earth and He loves you and wants you to join Him now in His kingdom: this is the only answer I can deduce after looking back to the much I know of you. We thank God for all his mercies and for giving you to us and using you to touch so many people in so many positive ways. May His wish always be done on all of us amen. May your soul rest with the Lord for ever and ever amen.
My friendship with you which transmuted more than being a brother is traced back to our common friend Ralph Obioma who many years ago invited us among others for a picnic in the ‘selva di Paliano’. It was ‘love at first sight’, but women being always a step ahead realized they met each other (without much note) in the Italian embassy Lagos in 1992 as she was applying for her visa to join me. Since that day the both families became one and shared all the moments (good and bad )that occur in the families together. Thank you so much for always being there for us and for all that were around you or came to you; as I said earlier you were a blessing to many.
The children grew up and when your daughter presented an Enugu person to you as her suitor you didn’t say a word until you heard from me. You passed her through my family to the young man as the Igbo tradition demands .Oh God what an honor what a trust and what an assignment ! We promise as we promised the first day to look after your gems, your queen our wife Adanna and her siblings also to the best we can. Ezigbo Ogo laa nke oma !
The Enugu (Wawa) communities in Italy especially Lazio region are devastated. Gaa nke oma our Ezigbo Ogo , as they call you, your beloved wife and all the Okwelle people they see. Know it as you go that your daughter is a good ambassador in our home.
My able ‘AMBASSADOR’ we wish you farewell. We fondly called (nicknamed) you AMBASSADOR not because you worked at the embassy but because of the sincere, godly, committed and able manner you handled all cases and situations presented to you especially concerning the family and community. Our ambassador we miss you so dearly. The communities, associations both religious and laity are really mourning, but God knows the best.
I call on the immediate family, Okwele people in Italy and at home, his son in-law Ikenna (who he greatly loved) though humanly it is a hard blow but we all have to accept Gods wish , it is a blow on all of us. Let us take solace that Simon lived a fulfilled life fearing God and that he will have mercy on him and accept him in His bosom. May the soul of Simon Ebonine and the souls of all departed rest in peace Amen.
Charles O Chukwubike & family
(Cisterna di Latina)