Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, his Vice, Yemi OSinbajo, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, among other government officials , have indicated readiness to attend the funeral service of Second Republic Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme.Also expected at burial ceremony, are immediate past president, Dr. Good luck Jonathan and governors of South- East Geo political zone of Nigeria.
This was disclosed in Enugu by chairman of the Publicity subcommittee of the South East Governors’ Committee on the burial, Chief Maja Umeh
Umeh, who ran down the programme of activities for the burial, thanked the federal government and South East governor’s forum for their commitment in ensuring that the late Igbo political leader is given a befitting burial.
Amen Super News recalled that Ekwueme, died in a London hospital on November 19, 2017 and will be buried on February 2, 2018, at his home town, Oko, in Orumba North council Area of Anambra State, South East Nigeria.
Umeh, who was a onetime Commissioner for Information in Anambra state, hinted that the main burial programme will begin with a commendation service in Enugu on Wednesday January 31st, adding that the funeral activities would be a solemn event devoid of partisan political comments.
According to him, “We commend the Federal Government for setting up National Burial committee which has representatives of South East Governors Forum and Ekwueme’s family”, he said.
The committee said that the burial arrangements had already started last week Friday 19th January, 2018 at Lagos where a commendation service was held for late Vice President at Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, and evening of tributes and music at Muson Centre
It said that there was a memorial service at St. Marylebone Parish Church, London, on Saturday 20th January, 2018, while there will be service of songs and evening of tributes at International Conference Centre, Abuja on Sunday 28th January, 2018, and today at Cathedral Church of the good shepherd.
The committee further announced that there would be Parade of Honour for the late Vice President at Presidential Wing of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Monday 29th January, 2018, while a service of songs held at Cathedral of Good Shepherd, Independence Layout Enugu on Tuesday 30th January, 2018.
On Wednesday 31st, 2018, there will be South East Zone commendation service at Okpara Square Enugu, while the remains moves to Anambra on Thursday 1st February, 2018 for commendation ceremony at Ekwueme Square, Awka, before the body departs for Oko by motorcade.
The final rites of lying in state will take place on February 2nd 2018 at Ekwueme compound, Oko, funeral service at St. John the Divine Church Oko and interment at Ekwueme compound, Oko, followed by reception.