The International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (InterSociety) has sent a letter of condolence to its board chair and South-East human rights chief, Emeka Umeagbalasi as he buries his mother, late Lolo Mgboli Patricia Umeagbalasi on Thursday, 21st April 2022.
According to a statement signed by Chidimma Udegbunam, head, campaign and publicity, the funeral is to take place at the family’s compound located in Enuama-Ifite Village, Ezinifite. It is easily locatable through Old Uga Airport along Uga-Ezinifite-Ekwulobia Road in Anambra State.
The full statement reads:
“According to Umeagbalasi family sources, the late Lolo Umeagbalasi was a respected daughter of Isiakpu kindred and born to Nwokedike family, all in Enuma-Ifite Village in Ezinifite, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State. She was married to late Nwire Umeagbalasi and their marriage was blessed with seven children including Emeka, late Cecilia, Chimezie, Azuka, Uchechukwu, Ebuka and late Chinonso Raphael. Intersociety recalls that Emeka Umeagbalasi who is the founder and lead-director of our organisation was in July and October 2021 hit by two tragic deaths involving his beloved youngest brother, Chinonso Raphael Umeagbalasi, whose tragic demise psychologically affected their mother (Mgboli Patricia) leading to her demise the same day and hour her beloved ‘last born’ was being committed to mother earth.
“Intersociety hereby deeply consoles and sympathises with Emeka Umeagbalasi; his beloved wife, Blessing Chidi and his brother’s wife, Chibuzor as well as his brothers and sisters: Chimezie, Azuka, Uchechukwu and Ebuka Jerome; and their mother’s surviving blood brother, Paulinus. We are also aware that condolences and solidarities have come from other well meaning and respected groups, friends and well wishers including the Southeast Zone of the Civil Liberties Organization and its Anambra State branch where he served for years as zonal vice chairman and state chairman, respectively; the Southeast Based Rights and Democracy Coalition and the Eastern Nigeria Rights and Intellectual Coalition which presently have him as their principal convener. Condolences and solidarities have also come from the Ekwenche Research Institute/Organisation in Chicago, USA, among others.
“Intersociety is aware that Nze Chukwuemeka Godfrey Benjamin Umeagbalasi (Emeka Umeagbalasi) has been going through a lot especially since the tragic death of his beloved kid brother and mother in July and October 2021. This is to the extent that he has carried out three funerals in six months (his brother, maternal grandmother and mother). This is in addition to other pressing family issues. Gladly, he has remained strong and focused especially in rendering priceless services to humanity. He recently led forensic investigative findings on ‘Situation of Christians in Nigeria’ from January 2021 to March 2022. He also spearheaded an international documentary on state actor conduct atrocities in the South-East part of Eastern Nigeria as well as our recent investigative work on: ‘intellectual roadmap for 2023 federal seats of power transition in Nigeria’.
“Finally, we pray to the God Almighty to grant ‘Our Comrade Board Chair’ and members of his nuclear and extended family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss of their beloved mother. May the God Almighty also take over the burial/funeral and protect all members of the Family as well as friends and well wishers attending same-Amen.
“Our heart is gladdened that assurances have been given regarding the route and venue safety of the event. Such assurances are another way of appreciating priceless sacrifices and contributions made by ‘Our Comrade Board Chair’ for the betterment of Nigerian Society in general and its Eastern part in particular. This is more so when he is well lettered and grounded in security and intelligence campaigns and practices.”