By: Samuel Oloyede Oriowo (Editor-in-Chief)
Members of the Board of Trustees and indeed the entire members of Lubricants Producers Association of Nigeria mourn its late founding Chairman of Board of Trustees, who was also its foundation President, Chief Anthony Enukeme (KSJI, KSG); as his remains are being committed to mother-earth on Friday 14th August, 2020.
Late Chief Anthony Enukeme; popularly called Tonimas; a name he adopted for his group of companies died on Monday 8th June, 2020 at the age of 76 years after a brief illness.
The Association’s Vice President, Alhaji Ado Mustapha, who is also the Proprietor/CEO of Ammasco International Limited, expressed the association’s deepest sense of loss to Enukemes as regards the passing away of their patriarch, Late Chief Anthony Enukeme.
He said: “LUPAN has lost a dear friend, a trusted colleague, a reliable leader as well as a path-finder; who was always available to champion the good causes of the association.”
While saying that the late Chief’s contributions to the establishment of the association and the cohesiveness the members enjoy till date are traceable to Chief Enukeme’s sense of camaraderie, Alhaji Ado Mustapha revealed that members of LUPAN are deeply saddened loosing the giant oil magnet whom he referred to as a true friend.
He noted that: “When we meet someone who shares our joys; who knows when we are up or down; who shows they care in so many ways; and who never lets us down; that is the person who we call our friend. Late Chief Anthony Enukeme is all of these, put into one amiable body and soul.”
Alhaji Ado Mustapha enjoined all LUPAN members to contribute immensely; their expected quotas to the continual development of Nigerian Lubricant Sub-Sector of the economy and support the federal government in ridding the sector of sub-standard products; which invariably would be the collective gains of LUPAN and motoring Nigerians.
While however sympathising with other LUPAN members on the loss of Chief Anthony Enukeme, Alhaji Ado Mustapha quoted the iconic Richard Bach of blessed memory who said: “Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or a lifetime, is certain for those who are friends.”
In conclusion, the skillful Vice President, Alhaji Ado Mustapha bids late Chief Anthony Enukeme farewell. He prayed that his departed gentle soul would find a highest place of everlasting rest in the bosom of his creator.
Meanwhile, a Requiem Mass was held on Monday 10th of August, 2020 at Christ the King Cathedral (CKC), in Aba, Abia State, in honour of the oil magnet, Chief Anthony Enukeme (KSJI, KSG) and was presided over by the new Bishop of Aba Diocese, Dr. Augustine Ezema.
It was well attended by dignitaries across the country; among who was the Senate Chief Whip, Senator (Dr.) Orji Uzor Kalu.
Speaking at the Mass Dr. Kalu, former Abia State Governor said he came to honour Chief Enukeme; who he described as a great man and who he revealed touched so many lives.
Dr. Kalu said there was no greater honour for Enukeme than for the living to give him a befitting burial. He condoled with the Tonimas’ family.
The Bishop, Dr. Augustine Ezema while expressing sadness over the demise of the oil magnet, said Aba Diocese had lost one of its pillars.
He revealed that the Mass had earlier been planned to celebrate Chief Enukeme’s 50th wedding anniversary.
In his own contributions at the Mass, Bishop Lucius Ugorji of the Diocese of Umuahia said Enukeme’s death remained incomprehensible to some, adding that his demise is a reminder to the living that they are pilgrims on earth.
“Death is a great leveler, it levels masters and servants, rich and poor, men and women,” he said.
Azubuike, son of the deceased said his father was a great man who was close to many people that he came across.
He thanked Senator (Dr.) Kalu and others who attended the Requiem Mass.
Others who attended included Dr. Alex Otti, Ben Kalu of the Nigeria House of Representatives, Dr. Madukwe Ukaegbu, among several others.