Nigeria (Blank NEWS Online) –
HEAVY uncertainty seems to have set in ahead of the burial ceremony of one of Nigeria’s foremost footballer, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, as there is an unholy divide among family relations and in-laws on the suitable resting place for the “Big Boss”.
The issue which has elicited angst and concerns among Keshi’s immediate household, family members, in-laws, traditional chieftains, close friends, colleagues and business associates is currently brewing uneccesary tension or a cold war over claims and counter claims regarding where Keshi would be hurried.
The raging question is, if a man dies, should he be hurried in his home (birth) place, in-law (wife’s) place or residential (sojourn) place?
At Illah, Oshimili North local government area of Delta State, where Keshi hails from, the position was for the corpse of their beloved son to be brought home.
Some of those who spoke on condition of anonymity stated that it was impossible to contemplate burying Keshi at his in-law’s place, whereas he has a house at his home town, Illah, where he is also a titled traditional palace chief and his relatives are still alive.
“We are surprised that at death, so many persons who were not interested in Keshi became so interested based on what they stand to gain,” an impeccable source from his family in Illah who does not want his name in print said.
According to him, “when Keshi’s wife died which was not long ago, how many star footballers identified with him? Was National Football Federation (NNF) led by Amaju Pinnick involved? If Keshi is to wake up today, how will they feel? They are just playing to the gallery.
“Has NFF met its obligations to Keshi? Let them bring his remains home and allow us to give him a befitting burial deserving of a hero who has served the country meritoriously.”
Reiterating, he said “all these interests in Keshi is affecting us, they should not disorganize us because of Keshi’s death, we are seriously pained that people are interested in what they stand to gain rather than giving honour to whom honour is due?”
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