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Committee shifts Ojukwu's burial
Report by NNEWS Correspondent

 

Chief Chukwumerije appealed to the media for adequate coverage of the burial activities, adding that the burial was expected to unite Igbos at home and in the disapora.

The burial of the late Ikemba of Nnewi, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, has been shifted from February  3 to March 2, the National burial committee, has announced.

 

The Vice Chairman of the committee, Chief Uche Chukwumerije, made the announcement at a news conference shortly after its meeting in Enugu on Saturday.

He said the burial was shifted following developments in the country which affected the programme.

He said that a new programme for the burial had been rolled out to ensure that the Ikemba was given a befitting burial unprecedented in the country.

Chief Chukwumerije said that a four-week burial programme had been rolled out starting with pre-burial activities from February 14 to February 20.

``There will be a day of reminiscences featuring tributes and lectures from February  21 to February 24 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom, Calabar in Cross River, Port Harcourt and Lagos State,'' he said.

He said that this would be followed by traditional `Icho Mmadu` (searchging for the dead) which would be led by Igbo youths.

Chief Chukwumerije said that on Feb. 27, Ikemba's body would arrive in Abuja en route Owerri while prayers would be offered in all the churches.

He said on Feb. 28, the body would arrive in Enugu, adding that on March 1, there would be funeral ceremonies at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.

``On March 2, the body would leave Enugu for Nnewi after a brief stopover at Awka, Anambra, for interment.''

Chief Chukwumerije appealed to the media for adequate coverage of the burial activities, adding that the burial was expected to unite Igbos at home and in the disapora.

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