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Family announces burial date for Tony Anenih.

THE family of the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief (Dr) Anthony Akhakon Anenih, CFR, has announced Saturday, December 1, 2018, as the burial date for the late Iyasele of Esanland.

Anenih, who died on Sunday, October 28, 2018, in Abuja, will be buried in his Mausoleum, at his country home in Uzenema-Arue, Uromi, Edo State, the son of the deceased, Tony Anenih, Jnr, said in a statement he signed for the family.

He said the choice of the date was sequel to the decision by the Anenih Family, in concert with the Edo State Government, which had already declared and observed three days of mourning, statewide, with the national flag flown at a half mast from October 31 to November 2, 2018, to organise funeral wakes in Abuja and Benin that will culminate in his interment in Uromi.

According to the release, 'The Anenih Family recognises and appreciates the expression of the commitment of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State to accord Chief Anthony Akhakon Anenih a state burial as well as the involvement in the funeral, by the Governments of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta and Rivers States.

'As a corollary, therefore, Tuesday, November 27, 2018, has been fixed for a Vigil Mass and a session of Tributes at the Ecumenical Centre, in Abuja, at 5:00 pm.

'This will be followed on Friday, November 30, 2018, at University of Benin Sports Complex, Ugbowo, Edo State by the ceremonies of lying-in-state from 1:00 pm, Requiem Mass at 4:00 pm while Tribute session starts at 5:00 pm.

'On Saturday, December 1, 2018, the body will leave for a Funeral Requiem at St. Anthony Catholic Cathedral, Uromi, at 12 noon, to be followed immediately by interment in the Mausoleum and Reception at Ahojie Stadium, Uromi.'

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Publication:Nigerian Tribune (Oyo State, Nigeria)
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Date:Nov 21, 2018
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