The family of late Hannah Awolowo on Thursday released her burial arrangements, disclosing that over 5,000 guests would attend the funeral at the Ikenne hometown of the deceased.
The burial committee chairperson, Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu, made this known at a press conference held at the family home in preparation for the burial scheduled to hold between November 15 and 25.
Accompanied by her elder sister, Tola Oyediran, and other members of the burial committee, the chairperson said that arrangements for the event were in top gear.
She listed priority areas as security, transportation, church service, medical services.
She also disclosed that, Pastors Adejare Adeboye of Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, and Tunde Bakare of Latter Rain Assembly, as well as 60 Anglican Bishops, 300 Priests, would be among several ministers of God who would participate in the two-week burial programme.
The daughter of the deceased, who is a former Nigerian Ambassador to the Netherlands, said that since Our Saviour Anglican Church, where the service would hold has capacity for 619 people, large television screens would be provided around the church and Awolowo Square for guests.
The committee gave the programme of events as follows:
November 15 at 12 pm: Lying-in-state at Park Lane, Apapa, Lagos, followed by Christian interdenominational service.
November 16: Body would depart to Ibadan and lying-in-state at Oke Bola, Ibadan.
November 17-24: Lying-in-state at Ikenne, home town of the Awolowos.
The organising committee noted that there would not be vehicular movement in and out of the town on the last day of the programme, adding that many musicians, including Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey, as well as Adewale Ayuba, Funmi Aragbaye and Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, would be on the bandstand.
The Ogun State Government on its part said it has invited all the 35 state governors to be guests at the burial, adding that special fanfare would be organised for the celebration of the late matriarch at Sagamu stadium of November 23.
The Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, said the day was set aside for the people of the state to celebrate and honour the departed Hannah Awolowo.
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