Keshi’s final burial rites begin tomorrow
The final burial rites for legendary late Nigerian Captain and Coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, will start in Benin City, Edo State tomorrow morning.
But paucity of funds has put paid to the Federal Government’s desire to give the former national team captain a heroic burial, with the Federal Government now saying it will play its own part after the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
“We don’t want a haphazard burial for such a great patriot, that is why the Minister of Sports, Hon Solomon Dalung, has said the FG will play its own part after the Olympics”, declared Ministerial Special Adviser, Nneka Ikem Anibeze. “We will unveil details after the games”, she added.
The Keshi family is however going ahead with the burial plans beginning with a Church Service on Thursday, July 28 at St’ Paul Catholic Church, Benin City by 9am. After that the late ‘Big Boss’ as Keshi was fondly called in his playing and coaching days will be moved to the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, where a novelty match will be held in his honour, followed by his body lying in state for his numerous admirers to pay their last respect. The match is being organized by his former teammates led by Austin Eguavoen, who has also captained and coach the national team.
After that the body moves to Asaba, the Delta State capital, where his body will again lie in state at the Stadium named after him by former Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan on Nnebisi Road.
From Asaba, the body will leave for Illah, his homestead. On entering Illah, the body will be received by the Obi of Illah, HRH Obi Gbemudu along with his high chiefs. Keshi himself was a high chief of the Illah kingdom. After that the body moves to St’ John, The Evangelist Catholic Church for a requiem mass. Next port of call will be his home in Illah, where the body will again lie in state for an hour before internment at the same venue.