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Akeredolu’s funeral to begin with crusade as Ondo govt unveils burial programme

The Ondo State Government has unveiled the burial programmes for the late governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, which are billed to start from February 15 to 25.


According to the outline of events obtained on Saturday, the burial events of the late governor would begin with a crusade on February 15 in Akure, the state capital.


It was earlier reported that Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa held a state cabinet meeting and unveiled the burial planning committee.


It was reported on January 5 that the body of the late former Governor of Ondo State, Akeredolu, had arrived in Nigeria from Germany.


According to a post on the X handle of the late governor’s spokesperson, Richard Olatunde, the plane conveying the body arrived at about 3:39 p.m. on Friday, January 5, 2024.


The late Governor’s remains were brought into the country from Germany, where he passed away.


The body was received by his wife, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, his children, and siblings led by Prof. Wole Akeredolu, the immediate younger brother of the deceased.


Meanwhile the burial programmes released by the state government read, “FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR Oluwarotimi Akeredolu Aketi, SAN, CON. 15th – 25rh February, 2024. Thursday 15 – Crusade, Akure; Friday 16, Jumat Service, Akure; Monday 19, February 2024 – Valedictory Service & NBA Tributes, Ibadan.


“4pm – Service of Songs @ All Saints Church, Jericho, & Jacob and Grace chapel, Ologun -eru simultaneously; Tuesday 20 – Commendation Service @ 10 am all saints church Jericho. & Lying in State @ his residence-Jericho Ibadan; Wednesday 21, Ondo state programme @ Akure from 10am.


“Thursday 22.Service of Songs @ Owo, 4-7pm; St. Andrews church Owo; Friday 23, Funeral Service @ 10 am, St.Andrews church, Owo; Reception @ Mydas hotel; Sunday 25 – Thanksgiving Service @10 am,st. Andrews church Owo.”


Recall that the governors from the six states of the Southwest region of Nigeria including, Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, and Ekiti under the aegis of South-West Governors Forum, said they would be collaborating with Aiyedatiwa and the family of Akeredolu, to give the ex-governor a befitting burial.


The governors through Governor Dapo Abiodun who led three other South-West governors on a condolence visit to the family of the late Governor Akeredolu at their Jericho, Ibadan residence said that the Forum had communicated the same message to the family of the late governor.


The governors said that a joint committee would be set up to achieve their objective.


Those in attendance during the condolence visit included Ademola Adeleke of Osun State, Abiodun Oyebanji of Ekiti and Oyo State deputy governor, Bayo Lawal, who represented Governor Seyi Makinde.

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