Following the demise of the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Iyasele of Esanland, Chief (Dr) Anthony Akhakon Anenih CFR, the family has confirmed December 1, 2018 for his burial.
In a statement signed by Tony Anenih Jnr for the family the Iyasele of Esanland, 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.
This is 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.
The Anenih Family also used the opportunity to appreciate the expression of commitment of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State to accord Chief 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 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 pm, Requiem Mass at 4 pm while Tribute session starts at 5 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.
The former Minister of Works and Chieftain of the PDP was confirmed dead at the age of 85 at Cedarcrest Hospital, Abuja where he was said to have been receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment.