18th October, 2013
The final burial ceremonies of the late Madam Charity Oba, the mother of the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, will commence on 31 October.
A statement by Mrs Ayotunde Adesugba, the Director of Information in the Presidency, made this known in Abuja on Friday.
The statement said that the ceremonies, which would take place in Port Harcourt and Okrika, were expected to attract dignitaries and people from all walks of life.
“On Thursday, October 31, there will be a brief Service of Songs at the Port Harcourt Polo Club in GRA at 9 a.m.
“Thereafter, the body will leave immediately for her husband’s compound in Okrika, Rivers.
“On Friday, 1 November, the lying-in-state will be at her husband’s residence at Ambemebiri, Okrika, while the funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. at the National Field, Okrika.
“This will be followed by the interment at her husband’s compound,’’ the statement said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Madam Charity Oba, who died on 22 July 22, is survived by many children, grandchildren, in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.