The family of the late Professor Ben O. Nwabueze (SAN), has announced former Commonwealth Secretary-General and Chairman of The Patriots, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, as well as President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, as chairpersons of the National Burial Committee of the legal luminary and statesman.
The family also named Senator Ben Ndi Obi Vice-Chairperson, and Ambassador Okey Emuchay, Secretary of the Ohanaeze, while Mr. Olawale Okunniyi, Secretary of The Patriots, as co-Secretaries. Mr Damien Obiefule will serve as the Assistant Secretary.
According to a statement signed by the head of the family, Dr. Eni Nwabueze, burial activities for the revered constitutional lawyer would take place from 26 February to March 9, 2024.
The funeral committee also included former Finance Minister, Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu of The Patriots; Dr. Tunji Abayomi, Chief Emeka Ngige (SAN), Barrister Chijioke Okoli (SAN), Mr. Ikechukwu Amaechi, Mr. Arinze Oduah, Chief Ben Egonu and Professor Ikenna Alumona.
There were also Chief Chukka Ifejika, Professor Amucheazi, Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Somto Udeze, while Mrs. Nkechi Chukwurah, Nnenna Okwuosa and Jenkins Alumona, Vice President, Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN), would represent the family.
Professor Nwabueze, a former Minister of Education, passed away on October 29 at the age of 92. He studied in the United Kingdom and became a lecturer in 1962 at the University of Lagos. He later joined the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Between 1970 and 1976, Nwabueze taught at the Law Faculty of the University of Zambia. He was involved in the drafting of Nigeria’s 1979 constitution, and received the Nigerian National Merit Award in 1980.