PHOTO: Late Prof.Celestine Onwuliri’s casket + Revelations in touching tribute from 1st son.

This photo was taken at the  valedictory session for late Prof.Celestine Onwuliri today. His body was received earlier today in Owerri by the State Government.


 The rest of the burial programme read as follows:

• Friday, June 22, 2012:
Vigil Mass at Parrochia Santa Maria Goretti Rome, Italy at 10:00am
Vigil Mass at Mater Ecclesiae Cathedral Ahiara Mbaise  – 4:00pm.
Vigil Ceremonies by Knights and Ladies of St. John International at Amuzi after Vigil mass.

• Saturday, June 23, 2012:
Requiem Mass at St. Jude’s Catholic Church, Amuzi, Ahiazu-Mbaise – 11am
Interment follows immediately at his Country home in Umuokazi Amuzi, Ahiazu-Mbaise –  1:00p.m

• Sunday, June 24, 2012:
Outing Mass at St. Jude’s Catholic Church Amuzi, Ahiazu-Mbaise – 10am

• Monday, June 30, 2012:
Mass and official mourning by Mbaise Youths at Catholic Cathedral – 10:00a.m



When an angelic soul departs earth, God makes the transition easy. Entries from the Online Condolence register we created here on the Blog will tell you the kind of person Prof. Onwuliri was.

In a touching tribute by his first son, Emeka Onwuliri, he disclosed that Prof.Onwuliri ‘s  autopsy report confirmed he survived the crash but gave up the ghost the following day, Monday before help to get to him.

In Emeka’s words, “We found him in tact, with his shoes, his clothes, wedding ring on his finger, and holding a rosary- no burns, no bruises…..

What a miracle!!! See the full tribute below:


Thank you all for your condolences.

My Dad was a great man one of whose main credits include Transforming FUTO where he powered an infrastructure development plan that left the University with more than 50 brand new buildings before he concluded his tenure as Vice Chancellor.

On one of my visits from Saudi Arabia, I witnessed him commission six new buildings in FUTO in one day.

 I am proud to have had him as a Father. We are just starting to recover from the shock of what happened.We found him in tact, with his shoes, his clothes, wedding ring on his finger, and holding a rosary- no burns, no bruises. We thank God.

The preliminary autopsy report done last Tuesday stated that he had just passed the day before  (monday) meaning he survived the plane crash and was awake through out the night on Sunday into Monday. This brings great sadness that our (Nigerian) rescue could not act appropriately on time.

The media also played a hand in this, reporting very early that everyone on the flight was dead even when the rescue had not opened all sections of the crashed plane. Their report discouraged us from thinking/acting towards organizing a personal rescue that might have saved him.

We are not sure what happened was Gods will, but we know that God permitted it. And so we believe that God knows best. We believe My Dad is in a world free from all the problems we experience on a daily basis, all the hustle, bustle and struggles of our world.

 Personally, I think enjoyment in this world is over-rated and what lies after here is better than our best imaginations. In this, amongst others, I take solace that my Dad is way better off. We thank God for the precious time we had with him and we will miss him dearly. May His soul rest in peace. Amen


Thanks again everyone.
One Love.




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