Canterbury’s Archbishop Welby, Heads of State for Achebe’s Burial
Anambra State Government in Nigeria on Tuesday said four Heads of State and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev. Justin Welby, would be attending the burial of the literary icon, Prof. Chinua Achebe, at Ogidi.
The burial of Achebe, 82, who died in the United States on March 21, holds on Thursday.
Secretary to the Government of Anambra State, Mr. Oseloka Obaze, confirmed the coming of the foreign dignitaries on Tuesday while briefing reporters on Achebe’s burial arrangements.
Obaze said President John Mahama of Ghana would be joining President Goodluck Jonathan and two other heads of state, whose attendance has been secured but awaiting final confirmation at the burial.
Although the state government had not declared a public holiday for the burial, Obaze said it was mandatory for civil servants to attend the ceremonies slated for the Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka on Wednesday.
The burial rites of Nigeria’s literary icon, Chinua Achebe, began with the arrival of his body at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja Tuesday.
The rites will climax with his interment on Thursday, in his hometown, Ogidi, Anambra state.