The final burial rites for Stephen Keshi will begin on Thursday in Benin City even as the Presidency said it will stage a hero’s funeral for him after the Rio Olympics later next month.
The government said it will play its own part for the late soccer icon after the Rio 2016 Olympic Games because of a combination of factors.
The Sport Minister Special Adviser, Nneka Ikem Anibeze said the ministry delayed the details of the state burial because it does not want a haphazard burial for such a great patriot
The Keshi family is however going ahead with the burial plans beginning with a church service on Thursday, at St’ Paul Catholic Church, Benin City by 9am.
After that, his remains will be moved to the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, where a novelty match will be held in his honour, followed by his body lying in state for his numerous admirers to pay their last respect.
After that, the body moves to Asaba, where his body will again lie in state at the stadium named after him by former Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan.
From Asaba, the body will leave for Illah, his homestead.