Keshi’s fi­nal burial rites be­gin to­mor­row

Daily Trust - - SPORT -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Nigeria

© PressReader. All rights reserved.