The remains of Mr Lawrence Ukwu, pioneer correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York, were laid to rest on Saturday in his country home Asaga, Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia.
Ukwu died on July 21 in Abuja at the age of 69.
Rev.Fr. Gabriel Okoko, in his sermon after a requiem mass at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, Obinkita-Arochukwu. extolled the virtues of the deceased, describing him as a resourceful and frontline journalist.
Okoko, who is also the Parish Pries, said that Ukwu used his profession and publications to champion the cause of the down-trodden and humanity in general.
He urged Nigerians to love one another, saying that Nigeria as a richly blessed nation, would be a better place for all Nigerians to live in ‘’if we love one another as Christ loved us.’’
In a tribute, his son, Chukwuemeka, stated that the death of his father left ‘’a big void in our life and a hole in our hearts that will never heal.
‘’Our souls will grieve forever. We will never forget or stop loving you,’’ he said.
Ukwu, who obtained a degree in Journalism from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, before joining NAN, later proceeded to Kwame Nkrumah Institute of Journalism for a higher certificate in Journalism.
Ukwu had previously worked as a reporter with the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) before joining NAN.