The tentative plan for the funeral rites of the veteran journalist, Dr. Stanley Nkwachukwu Macebuh, shows that his remains will be interred in the grounds of his country home in Umuiku village, Ozar East, Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia State on or before the last week of April.
The tentative burial date, according to the secretary to the funeral committee, Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi, was arrived at following a meeting between the Macebuh family and a committee of the deceasedâ€™s friends and former associates.
The funeral committee, headed by Ambassador (Dr.) Patrick Dele Cole, also has as members Chief Ben Mba, Mr. Sam Amuka, Professor Winston Belgam, Chief Audu Ogbeh, Professor Moyibi Amoda, Mr. Mac Oruche and Dr. Walter Ofonagoro.
â€œAlthough a final funeral date is yet to be announced, there are indications that the remains of Dr. Macebuh will be interred in the grounds of his country home in Umuiku village, Ozar East, Ukwa West Local Government Area in Abia State on or before the last week of April, 2010″, the statement by OgunbiyiÂ said.
It continued: â€œThe burial committee wishes to thank all the numerous organisations, friends and associates of the departed journalist, including the Kingâ€™s College Old Boysâ€™ Association, who have expressed a wish to be a part of the funeral ceremonies and ensure that Dr. Macebuh gets a fitting burial. In particular, the committee acknowledges the interest shown by the office of the Acting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and other state governments of the federation, especially the Abia State government and the desires expressed to be a part of the ceremonies. Firm details of the rites will be made available to all in a matter of days.
â€œIn the interim, the funeral committee has suggested that all those willing to participate in, and contribute to the final funeral ceremonies should please contact immediately any of the following underlisted members of the committee: Ambassador Patrick Dele Cole (08034944949), Professor Winston Belgam (08033103467), Chief Audu Ogbeh (08065002299) and Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi (08055366666)â€.