Leaders pay homage to Shiyili Yethakhu at send-off programme
Dimapur, Nov. 5 (EMN): Various dignitaries and public leaders paid rich tributes to Shiyili Yethakhu, who breathed her last on November 4, at a brief send-off programme held at her residence in Police Colony, Dimapur, on Tuesday. Shiyili is the mother of former minister, Lt. Col. Doshehe Y Sema, and commissioner and secretary of Land Resources Y Kikheto Sema. She was 98 and left behind three sons, two daughters, 32 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Kikheto Y Sema expressed gratitude to all those who extended their support and cooperation during their hour of grief. He described her mother as a person who was deeply rooted with God and interceded continuously for the family, village and the Naga people. Kikheto said the aspirations and wishes of his mother had been fulfilled in numerous ways and thanked God for the meaningful and blessed life that Shiyili lived.
Speaking on behalf of Dimapur Sumi Baptist Church, Pastor Juliet Shikhu described the deceased her as a God fearing person.
A centenarian Rev. K Tsaikha, who is also her cousin, spoke on behalf of Rotomi village and described her as a person who had ample concern not only for her family and village but also the Nagas as well.
The send-off programme was conducted by Rev. Dr. Khehovi, chairman of Sumi Baptist Convention.
A host of well-wishers, peers, village community and church leaders spoke during the send off programme. The final “Home Going Service” would be held at 10 am on November 6 in Rotomi village where her mortal remains would be laid to rest.
Rio pays homage
State chief minister Neiphiu Rio, who earlier paid last respects to Shiyili in Dimapur, sympathised with the former minister, Doshehe Y Sema and commissioner and secretary, Y Kikheto Sema on the demise of their mother, Shiyili Yethakhu.
In a condolence message, Rio described Shiyili as a “woman of God, a strong prayer warrior and a mother who prayed continuously not only for her family but for the entire Nagas.”
Rio also said that Shiyili continued to walk steadfastly on the path that Almighty God laid for her and added that her sacrifices could be seen in the blessings bestowed upon her family as all of them have become successful in their respective professions.
Rio lamented that in her demise, Nagas have lost a loving mother whose absence would be deeply felt in the days to come. He further prayed for the departed soul to rest in eternal peace.