BY CLIFFORD NDUJIHE

THE burial programme of late elder statesman and defunct Biafran Republic Leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, which began on February 6, will continue today with a symposium on Ahiara Declaration. Igbos in the Diaspora will also stage funeral processions (Icho Mmadu) for the late Eze Igbo Gburugburu.

Between February 18 and 24, similar symposia will be held in Zungeru (Feb 18), Kano (February 19), Calabar (February 20), Uyo (February 21), Port Harcourt (February 22), Lagos (February 23) and Bayelsa (February 24).

On Saturday February 25, there would be Icho Mmadu in all locations which will be followed the following day, February 26 by valedictory services in churches.

The final journey of remains of the revered Igbo leader will start on Monday, February 27 when his remains will arrive at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport for a welcome ceremony, Onye Ije Nno and later depart to Owerri.
On February 28, there would be stops and ceremonies at Aba, Abakiliki and Enugu.

Activities and processions will continue in the Coal City on February 29 through March 1 when a National Funeral Ceremony, Onye Ije Nno, will be held.

Thereafter, the body will leave for Awka for a reception and Nnewi for waking till March 2 when he will be buried
Between March 3 -10, there would be condolences, which would be rounded off with “Outing” Church Service on March 12.

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