Emuchay said that the late diplomat would be buried in his hometown, Awo-Omamma in Imo, on Saturday, February 10.

He said: “As you know, our General Vice President, High Chief Joel Krohamwho also died last year, will be buried on Saturday, February 4 at Ahoda in Rivers.

“We are going to have a farewell session at our national secretariat in the private building renovated during his tenure and the current building where we hold our Imeobi meetings.

“We are going to have activities to honor him at other Ohanaeze state chapters, especially Lagos, and the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Victoria Island, Lagos, where he served as Director General.

“Other groups and chapters from the Igbo socio-cultural apex in Abuja want to organize events to honor him as well.

“We as NEC members will also have our own farewell session to honor him.”

emuchay said that once PG of the group, Chief Garry Igariweywas appointed Chairman of the Burial Committee, while the Chairman of the Imo Chapter, Mr. C.B. Iheneduwould act as Secretary.

He said all NEC members, plus other state chapter members and agency stakeholders, would serve as committee members.

He said that NEC agreed to set up a Central Planning Committee and other special sub-committees to organize a proper burial for the deceased.

Emuchey lamented that it was the first time in Ohanaeze’s history, that two vital corps seats would be left vacant and with two of their helmsmen in the morgue at the same time.

“But Ohanaeze wants to reassure everyone that the group’s ship is in good hands.

“We will get through this very difficult period with grace and we will be stronger,” he said.

Emuchay said that the body would make sure that the two leaders and the Minister of Aviation of the First Republic, Chief Mbazulike AmaechiThey were granted decent burials.

He called on members of Ohanaeze and its various chapters and structures in Nigeria and in the diaspora to take time to be a part of the ceremonies.

According to him, the various chapters and structures have focused on opening condolence registers so that people have the opportunity to say goodbye to our great brothers.

Formal letters will be sent to the governors of the seven Ohanaeze states of Abia, Anambra, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo and Rivers, leaders of our partners in Southern Nigeria, the Middle Belt and Northern Elders’ Forums.

“We have been in contact with them and they are shocked by what happened.

“Then, we will write to you formally as we have done to the seven governors,” he said.

He further said that the group would write to other eminent Nigerians, including former President Olusegun Obasanjo, to inform them of the new burial date.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the former Nigerian High Commissioner to Cyprus and Ambassador to Israel and the US was elected Ohanaeze PG on January 9, 2021.

He died on December 26, 2022, at the age of 80.