Soludo kicks over breach of Anambra burial laws at Ezeife’s funeral

Governor Chukwuma Soludo has expressed concerns over breach of Anambra burial laws during Saturday’s funeral of late former governor of the state, Chukwuemeka Ezeife.

News24 Nigeria reports that the remains of Ezeife was Saturday buried in Awka, the state capital after a state funeral service held in his honour.

This was according to the funeral ceremony aired on Arise TV on Saturday and monitored by our correspondent.

Ezeife, was Anambra state governor from January 2, 1992, to November 1993, during the aborted Third Republic.

Recall that Ezeife died at the Federal Medical Centre, Abuja, on December 14, 2023, at the age of 85.

Among dignitaries who attended the funeral service of the ex-Anambra Governor included the governor of Anambra State, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, the governor of Ebonyi State, Francis Nwifuru, who was represented by his deputy, Mrs Patricia Obila, among many others.

In his remarks, Soludo praised the late Ezeife, stressing that he lived the kind of lifestyle he was known to preach.

He noted that ‘Okwadike’ as he was fondly called during his lifetime, was a man of integrity and credibility.

“He said, Ezeife lived the life he preached. He did not just preach it, he lived it. Ezeife believed in the law, and that was why he held Nigeria responsible for the law.”

However, the governor condemned the printing of brochures, banners and other materials used for the burial ceremony, stating that it was against the Anambra State Burial Laws.

He stressed that the late Ezeife would not have approved of such.

Recall that in February 2024, the Anambra State Government reiterated its resolve to enforce the burial law enacted in 2019 to control burial and funeral activities in Anambra State.

The law banned the erection of any kind of billboard, banner or poster of a deceased person(s) in the state. It only allowed the mounting of directional posts but should not be done seven days before the burial date and should be removed not later than seven days after the burial date.

The law was passed and signed into law during the tenure of former governor, Willie Obiano in 2019.

Speaking on the conduct of the burial activities, Soludo said, “I must not leave without saying this, if the Okwadike that I knew were to be alive, he would not have supported most of what is being done here today. When I got here and saw brochures printed, I said this is wrong, because it is against the Anambra State Burial Laws.

“Some people texted me asking to print some materials for the burial but I told them they don’t have waivers to do such because it is against the burial laws in Anambra state. Printing of any materials for burial in Anambra is meant to be for just one day. That is the law.

“We won’t enforce the law when a poor man dies and then overlook it when a rich man dies, no.

“I did not pass the law, the law was passed two years before I became governor of Anambra state.”


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