It was a double barrel sad affair for the for Minister of Interior, the leader of Okpokwu, Comrade Abba Moro. It was double barrel because he was not only burying the love of his life, he was inconsolable about the death of 27 of his kinsmen who were hacked to death some days before by barbarous Fulani herdsmen at Omusu-Edumoga.
Although, people came from far and wide to console him and his family. Although the funeral turned Ugbokolo into the centre of the world for that moment, yet Comrade Abba Moro remained disconsolate. The weight of his people’s care was visible across the lines of his face. Doubly he mourns. Yet he remained resolute.
The stream of people, the palpating crowd, the surge of humanity which in one voice came to pay their last respect to Mrs. Veronica Moro and bore testament to her humanity, to her well-lived life, to the footprints she left behind, to her love for Abba Moro and her family that will endure forever, brightened what was otherwise a grim day.
The steady and unceasing flow of sympathizers from every walk of life, that beeline into Ugbokolo was a ray of sunlight on a stormy day.
The Former Senate President David Mark was there so was Dr Gabriel Suswam, the former governor of Benue state. The Former Gubernatorial Candidate Dr Terhemen Tarzor was there so was the extant PDP Chairman Chief John Ngbede. Dr Orhii of NAFDAC fame was there so was Francis Otta Agbo, the Chief Press Secretary to the Bayelsa State Governor. Hon Ezekiel Adaji was there so was James Oche, House of Reps aspirant under the PDP. The Benue State Government was represented by Chief Titus Zam, the governor’s aide in Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
Although she is gone…it could be seen by one and all that she reserves a larger than life presence in the life of the husband she left behind. It wasn’t easy for the Comrade to bid her goodbye. It wasn’t easy for the children. It wasn’t easy for anyone. It had to be done.
May she rest in peace.