23 November 2017
Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has said the state would set up a committee to give the late former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, a befitting burial.
Obiano disclosed this when he paid a condolence visit to the family of the late icon at his country home, Ezioko village, Oko in Orumba North Local Government Area of the state.
He told journalists in Awka that the plan was imperative because the late Ekwueme was a worthy son of the state who deserved to be honoured at death.
The governor revealed further that due to the personality of the deceased, the committee will draw members from the five South-eastern states and beyond.
He said the committee would be charged with the responsibility of planning for the state on how to give Ekwueme a befitting burial, whether or not the Federal Government provides assistance or not.
The governor described the late elder statesman as a father whom he shared very intimate relationship with, describing his demise as a great loss to the state and the country.
“We will give him a state burial just as we did to the late Ikemba Ojukwu; he was one of the finest jurists that the nation has produced and deserved that his state honoured him,” Obiano said.
The elder statesman died at 85 years last Sunday at a London hospital.