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Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo has issued a directive for the distribution of the Anambra State Burial Law booklet to be carried out in all communities within the state.
This initiative, according to the governor, is designed to ensure that residents are well-informed about the law’s stipulations, aiding in adherence and minimizing inadvertent infractions.
Governor Soludo made this declaration during the funeral mass for the late Rev. Fr. Prof. Stephen Chukwujekwu at St. Patrick Cathedral, Awka, stating the government’s commitment to ensuring strict adherence to the law.
Enacted during the tenure of Former Governor Willie Obiano, the Anambra State Burial Law prohibits extravagant displays of wealth at funerals.
The law includes provisions that prohibit the serving of food at burials, the creation of large brochures, confines the duration of events to a singular day, and forbids other extravagant expenses.
Soludo had in December last year buried his late father, Pa Simeon Soludo, and had boasted that he adhered strictly to the law.
Soludo speaking at St Patrick’s Cathedral said: ‘The late priest was a brother, friend, and former colleague to me. I offer condolences to the family and the church, and I commend the compliance with the state’s burial law.’
‘There is a growing awareness and compliance with the burial law among Anambra citizens. The distribution of the booklet containing the law’s full details is on all communities, and I emphasize that its strict enforcement will begin soon.’
Soludo emphasized the importance of respecting laws, stating that without obedience, even religious principles like the Ten Commandments would be useless.
Soludo did not mince words as he publicly reprimanded Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Obimma and his brother, Charles, during the burial of their late mother, Grace, on Wednesday.
Soludo openly criticized them for orchestrating an extravagant burial for their late mother, a direct contravention of the state’s burial law.
The governor pointed out that Charles Obimma, a former member of the Anambra State House of Assembly, was among the lawmakers who endorsed the Anambra Burial Law. However, he expressed disappointment that Charles flaunted it.