The State House of Assembly has passed a bill for a law to control burial and funeral ceremonial activities in Anambra State.
The bill which is sponsored by Honourable Charles Ezeani, representing Anaocha Two Constitiency was passed during yesterday’s plenary after it was considered at the committee of the whole.
The Anambra State Burial and Funeral Ceremonial Activities Bill is aimed at cutting down the cost of burial activities in the state.
The bill provides that in the event of death, no person shall deposit any corps at the mortuary or any other place beyond two months from the date of demise, while burial ceremonies in the state shall be for one day.
It further stipulates that during burial and funeral ceremonial activities, the family of the deceased shall provide food for their kindred, relatives and other sympathizers at their own discretion.
The bill places ban on destruction of property, gun shots, praise singing, blocking of roads and streets during burial ceremony in the state as defaulters shall be punished according to the law.
It made it clear that from the commencement of the law, no person shall subject any relation of the deceased person to a mourning period of more than one week from the date of burial ceremony.
Speaking on the Bill, the sponsor, Honourable Ezeani revealed that the Bill also put in place a monitoring and implementation committee that will enforce the law as well as their responsibilities.
On his part, the Deputy Speaker, Sir Hafford Oseke described the bill as à welcome development as it has put to rest high cost of burial and ceremonial activities in the state.
Speaker of the House, Mrs. Rita Maduagwu commended the lawmakers for passing a bill that will arrest unnecessary burial expenses in Anambra State.
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The remains of former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, will arrive in Ghana on Monday, for the start of the three-day state funeral organised by the government of Ghana.
The Kofi Annan Funeral Committee in consultation with the family of the Former UN Secretary-General released details of his burial in Accra, reports Citinewsroom.
Kofi Annan, who was the 7th Secretary General of the UN, died in Switzerland on the 18th August, 2018.
Addressing the press in Accra, Information Minister-designate, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah, said the body of the former UN boss will arrive on September 10 accompanied by his widow Nane Maria Annan, children, and some officials from the UN.
The remains will be received by the Ghana Armed forces and the President of the Republic, Nana Akufo-Addo before it is moved to the Accra International Conference Centre.
Annan’s body will be laid to rest on Thursday. (Punch)
(Provided by Storyful)Tens of thousands of South Africans filled a stadium in Soweto on Saturday for the funeral service of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, a hero of the anti-apartheid struggle but also one of its most controversial figures.
Shouts of “Long live Comrade Winnie” rang out around the stadium, at the beginning of a powerful and emotional service featuring prayers, tributes and the anthems that sustained those fighting for freedom in South Africa through decades of brutal repression against the racist regime.
Cyril Ramaphosa, who has been president since February, sat next to the two daughters of Madikizela-Mandela and Nelson Mandela, the Nobel prize winner and former president. Representatives from African states and political parties joined many of South Africa’s best-known political and cultural figures to pay tribute.
The funeral is the highest level that South Africa accords for someone who was not head of state.
Madikizela-Mandela, who was married to Mandela for more than 30 years, had a sometimes negative image abroad that contrasted with a deep and long-lasting popularity in her homeland.
In a tribute at the funeral, her sister Zukiswa Madikizela said “Mam Winnie” was “fearless, courageous and loving”, and proof that women are capable of being revolutionaries and leaders.
Swati Dlamini-Mandela, a granddaughter, said Madikizela-Mandela was “ a proud black African woman who fought for …. the emancipation of her people”.
The stadium is situated little more than a mile from the streets where Madikizela-Mandela lived during the darkest days of apartheid and where she lived until her death.
Thousands have signed a condolence book outside her home on a modest street in the Orlando West neighbourhood. “This is history happening. I couldn’t miss this. I am from Soweto so this is very important to me. I am very proud of her,” said Aloma Thomo, 40.
Memorials for Winnie Mandela Memorials for Winnie Mandela (Provided by Reuters)
Madikizela-Mandela’s remains will be buried in a cemetery in the north of Johannesburg on Saturday afternoon. Her death has prompted a fierce debate within South Africa between her many admirers and a smaller number of detractors.
Born in the poor Eastern Cape province, Madikizela-Mandela’s childhood was “a blistering inferno of racial hatred”, in the words of British biographer Emma Gilbey.
The young hospital social worker married Mandela shortly before the ANC leader was sentenced to life imprisonment for treason in 1962. During her husband’s 27-year incarceration, Madikizela-Mandela campaigned tirelessly for his release and for the rights of black South Africans, establishing a large personal following.
Tortured and subjected to repeated house arrest, she was kept under surveillance and, in 1977, banished to a remote town in another province.
Madikizela-Mandela said the experience of more than a year in solitary confinement changed her. “What brutalised me so much was that I knew what it is to hate,” she said.
As the violence of the apartheid authorities reached new intensity, Madikizela-Mandela was drawn into a world of internecine betrayal, reprisals and atrocity. Most notoriously, Madikizela-Mandela was found guilty of ordering the kidnapping of a 14-year-old boy, Stompie Seipei, also known as Stompie Moeketsi, who was beaten and killed by members of her personal bodyguard in 1989.
Within a year, she gave the clenched-fist salute of black power as she walked hand-in-hand with Mandela out of Cape Town’s Victor Verster prison on 11 February 1990.
The end of apartheid marked the start of a string of legal and political troubles. Appearing at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission set up to account for atrocities committed by both sides in the anti-apartheid struggle, Madikizela-Mandela refused to show remorse for abductions and murders carried out in her name.
Madikizela-Mandela separated from her husband in 1992. She was sacked from her ministerial post in 1995 after allegations of corruption and the couple divorced a year later. But her popular appeal remained strong.
In Soweto she was deeply involved in the community, always finding time to help those in need, neighbours said. “Her doors were open to everybody,” said Angela Msimang, 32, who lived nearby.
At a memorial service in New York on Friday, UN secretary general António Guterres described Madikizela-Mandela as “a strong and fearless woman. She had to fight patriarchy’s definitions of womanhood.”
A new memorial outside her Soweto home bears the legend: “‘I am the product of the masses, of my country and the product of my enemy’, 1996, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Rest in Peace, Mother of the Nation.” (The Guardian)
It was a day of grief and sorrow for the South-East governors and the entire people of the region, on Monday, as the remains of the late Second Republic Vice President, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme, arrived at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu for onward journey home.
Dr. Ekwueme who died on November 19, last year in a London clinic, would be buried in his country home at Oko, Anambra State, on February 2.
The body of the late former vice president was flown from Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, in a Nigeria Air Force plane marked NAF 918, which landed at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu at 2:08p.m.
Ekwueme remains, on arrival was received by the South-East Governors’ Forum, led by its Chairman and the governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi, accompanied by Governors Willie Obiano(Anambra State), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu State), Rochas Okorocha (Imo State) while the Abia State governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu was absent.
The late Ekwueme’s brother and the traditional ruler of Oko, Igwe Laz Ekwueme led his wives and children to the airport reception.
Other Igbo dignitaries who came to the airport to pay their last respect to the late vice president included: President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo; the National Chairman of United Progressive Party (UPP), Chief Chikwas Okorie; the Anglican Bishop of Enugu, His Grace, Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma; Speaker of the Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Ogbonnia Nwaifuru, who led all the members of the Ebonyi State House of Assembly to the airport; the Secretary to the State Government of Ebonyi State, Prof. Bernard Odeh, who also led the Ebonyi State executives; chairmen of Ebonyi and Enugu State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon Onyekachi Nwaebonyi and Hon. Augustine Nnamani; and Secretary to the State Government of Enugu State, Elder Gabriel Ajah,
Archbishop Chukwuma prayed for the successful burial of the late Ekwueme who he described as “a great politician in Nigeria that would never be forgotten as far as politics is concerned in this country.
“We are happy that the government is giving him a befitting burial, but one thing is that people should emulate the legacies he left behind.
“It is not good to say all sorts of things without emulating what he left behind.”
After the bishop had completed his opening prayers for the departed elder statesman, the South-East governors filed out to pass round the casket bearing his remains to pay their last respect.
After this, his corpse was taken to his Independence Layout Enugu residence by the Ebony undertakers closely followed by the governors and other dignitaries for a brief stop-over before it was taken away to the morgue from where it would be brought back today to the Cathedral Church of the Good Shepherd Enugu for a service of songs. (The Sun)