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Nigeria’s legal icon, Nwabueze, for burial on February 29

The late Pro Ben Nwabueze | File Image

Until his death, Prof Nwabueze championed the cause of restructuring, which he believed was the only pathway to an egalitarian and prosperous nation

By Valentine Amanze

The remains of the eminent jurist, Prof Benjamin Obiefuna Nwabueze, who died on October 29, 2023, at the age of 92, would be interred at his country home in Atani, Ogbaru Local Government Area, Anambra State on Thursday, February 29, 2024.

The Prof Ben Nwabueze National Burial Committee co-chaired by Chief Emeka Anyaoku, former Commonwealth Secretary-General, and Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide disclosed this in a statement issued by Mr. Olawale Okunniyi, the Secretary of the National Burial Committee.

The committee further stated that Friday, March 1, 2024 had been scheduled as the day for national tributes and celebration of the impactful and very worthy life and times of Akunnia Benjamin Obiefuna Nwabueze, the Oduah Afo-na-Isagba of Atani, at Atani.

The ceremony, according to the committee, would commence at 12 noon.

Also read: Nwabueze: Family inaugurates burial committee, rolls out programme

“Thereafter, the funeral train will move back to Lagos, where the group of eminent national leaders popularly known as The Patriots will hold a National Colloquium /Dialogue at the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Monday, March 18, 2024.

“The colloquium is scheduled to commence at 11am,” it stated.

Prof Nwabueze, CON, who at the time of his passing was the most senior lawyer in Nigeria with a scholarly output that included over 34 books, 100 conference keynotes, and 200 peer-reviewed and scientific articles, and probably also the most prolific and influential legal scholar out of Africa, was the Chairman of The Patriots.

The National Burial Committee further disclosed that The Patriots deliberately settled for March 18 for the colloquium to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the 2014 Nigerian National Conference, which was inaugurated on March 17, 2014 by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Until his death, Prof Nwabueze championed the cause of restructuring, which he believed was the only pathway to an egalitarian and prosperous nation.

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