The body of Tony Anenih, a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP will be buried on Saturday, December 1, in his mausoleum, located in his country home, Uzenema-Arue, Uromi in Edo State.
In a statement issued by his first son, Tony Anenih Jr., he disclosed that the decision was arrived at by the family and the Edo State Government.
“There will be funeral wakes in Abuja and Benin City that will culminate in his interment in Uromi,” the statement read.
He further explained that there will be vigil mass and a session of tributes at the Ecumenical Centre, Abuja on Tuesday, November 27, at 5pm.
According to the programme of events, this will be followed on Friday, November 30, 2018, at the University of Benin Sports Complex, Ugbowo, Edo State by lying-in-state from 1pm, with Requiem Mass at 4pm while tribute session starts at 5pm. On Saturday, December 1, 2018, the body will leave for a funeral requiem at St. Anthony Catholic Cathedral, Uromi, at 12 noon, to be followed immediately by interment in the Mausoleum and reception at Ahojie Stadium, Uromi.
Anenih Jr. commended the efforts of the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki for his commitment towards the burial. “The Anenih Family recognises and appreciates the expression of commitment of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State to accord Chief Anthony Akhakon Anenih a state burial as well as the involvement in the funeral, by the Governments of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta and Rivers states,” he added.
Chief Anthony Anenih who died on Sunday, was born in Uzenema-Arue in Uromi in 1933. He attended the Police College in Ikeja as well as Bramshill in England and International Police Academy in USA. In 1975, he was assigned to the Administrative Staff College (ASCAN), Lagos.
He retired from the police as a Commissioner of Police. He was state chairman of National Party of Nigeria (NPN), between 1981 and 1983, he was also the National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) from 1992 and 1993. Also, he was a deputy National Coordinator of Olusegun Obasanjo’s campaign Organization in 1999 and 2003 election.