Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
There are clear indications that the Rivers State Government would not have any input in the burial of Mother Charity Onyekwululachiya Fyneface Oba (Mama Sisi), step mother of Dame Patience Jonathan, wife of Nigeria’s president.
The Supervising Minister for Education, Mr Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, and Governor Rotimi Amaechi’s political foe, has taken charge and has constituted five Committees from the Felix Obuah led Peoples Democratic Party,PDP.
In a statement made available to P.M.NEWS, Felix Obuah the factional Chairman of PDP will chair the mobilization committee, among the five Committees for the burial.
Other committees are Transport, Medical, Accommodation, and Publicity.
Inaugurating the Committees, Wike charged members to ensure the Mother of the First Lady is given a well deserved and successful burial
He also used the occasion to give assurance that the people of Rivers State will participate fully in the planned burial.
Emma Okah, the former Chief Press Secretary, CPS, to former Governor Peter Odili and later Commissioner for Information under the short-lived Celestine Omehia administration chairs the publicity committee.
Jerry Needam, Special Media Adviser to Obuah is Secretary, while Chief Emeh Glory Emeh, former Commissioner for Transport and Chief of Staff to Omehia is a member.
The burial is expected to kick off from 1 November and ceremonies take place in Port Harcourt and Okrika.
Three days ago, Governor Amaechi had gone to the headquarters of National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, to throw light on the petition he wrote against the Commissioner of Police, Mbu Joseph Mbu on infringement on his rights as an elected Governor and that of Rivers people on their rights to free assembly.
Ameachi had told the press thereafter that Mbu takes directives from Mrs. Jonathan, not the Inspector General of Police.