Ojukwu to be buried in American gold casket –Bianca


Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu 

The late Igbo leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu would be buried in an American gold mixed with bronze casket, Saturday Sun can authoritatively reveal. Ojukwu’s widow, Bianca, who is in London to begin preparations for bringing back the corpse of the departed Biafran warlord told Saturday Sun that the make-up of the casket was to depict the simple nature of Ojukwu when he was alive.
 She disclosed that the customised casket has the family crest and the family coat of arms.

 Asked how Ojukwu wanted to be buried, Bianca said that besides making specific request that his body be taken to Aba, in Abia State, he did not as such set other standards, though he was in love with the Roman army.
 “Therefore, I would want that he be laid out as a Roman General. You know he was in love with the army and had loved Roman Generals. Therefore, he would be laid out as a Roman General,” she said.

 Bianca said that she moved to London well ahead of burial committee members to enable her clear the customised casket.
 With the casket cleared, Bianca said that they are looking forward to a requiem mass to be organised in honour of Ojukwu today at the St George’s Cathedral in London by the Igbo community in the United Kingdom, which would be followed by an all-night wake-keep.

 Tomorrow, she said they would begin the journey back home, with a brief stopover in Abuja on Monday, where a brief military ceremony would be held for Ojukwu by the Nigerian Army.
 She thanked the Nigerian High Commission for the role the commissioner and his deputy played in London, saying that help from the Igbo living in London has been amazing, as everybody wanted to play one role or the other.
 Meanwhile, the Ojukwu burial committee arrived London yesterday morning. Some of those who travelled are National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh; former Minister Health Prof A. B. Nwosu and Senator Uche Chukwumerije. Also, there are officials of Anambra State government in the team.
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