The remains of the late pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God and businesswomen, Mrs Josephine Kuteyi, were on Wednesday buried at her residence on Shamakinwa Street, Ondo town, Ondo State.
Kuteyi died along with her aide and the pilot of the helicopter conveying her to Kwara State crashed in Osun State on July 30.
During the burial attended by dignatories, including Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko, and his wife, Olukemi, Kuteyi’s family members, relatives, church members and employees were inconsolable when her golden casket was being lowered into a marble grave.
Encomiums had earlier been poured on the woman by dignitaries at the farewell service held in her honour at the Oba Adesanoye Civic Centre, Ondo.
The other prominent Nigerians that attended the service were Senator Iyiola Omisore, former Minister of Mines Steel; Alhaji Sarafadeen Ishola, and the Chief of Staff to the Ondo State Governor, Mr. Kola Ademujimi.
The Special Assistant to the General Overseer of the RCCG, Pastor Johnson Odesola, in his homily, assured that anyone who died in Christ had a legacy and gain in heaven.
The cleric, who described death as the only thing shared equally by both the rich and the poor, urged the people to be closer to God so that they could inherit the kingdom of God.
Noting that the Kuteyi had played her part for God and humanity, he admonished the people to re-examine their lives and avoid sin and wickedness.
Mimiko, who spoke with journalists shortly after the interment at Kuteyi’s home along Ondo–Akure road, described her as a woman, who never allowed her chains of businesses to distract her from the service of God.
He said “She was a passionate woman, a devoted Christian, a very notable entrepreneur, she combined all of these as a good mother, a good Christian an evangelist and at the same time, she was also a very extra-ordinary businesswoman.
“She was a philanthropist and one exciting thing about her life was that, in spite of all the challenges that business placed on her time, she had time for God. The children will miss her, the Ondo community will miss her, the church of God will miss her and Nigeria will miss her.
“Our only consolation is that she lived a worthy life.”
Her husband, Chief Waheed Kuteyi, said his late wife touched him in many ways. Though, they were separated for almost two decades, he went ahead to say that she left many legacies which their children had to uphold and grow.
“Dammy was a woman I met at a tender age and she took me as her brother. She touched me in many ways,” he said.
Also, the first son of the deceased, Saheed Kuteyi, said the sudden death of his mother was painful.
“My heart still aches in sadness and secret tears still flow, what it meant to lose you, no-one will ever know. No farewell words were spoken, no time to say goodbye, you were gone before I knew it and only God knows why,”. he said.