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As all is set for the burial of the mother of the Ondo state first lady, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu in Owerri, members of the cabinet who are billed for the event have shunned the trip to the Imo state capital by road.
All roads lead to BUB Anyanwu family’s compound in Umuikea, Emeabiam in Owerri West LGA of Imo State, venue of the burial ceremony of late Nneoma Dora Chinyere Anyanwu, mother of Her Excellency Chief Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu (First Lady of Ondo State, and Ada Emeabiam II), on March 13, 2020.
This is despite arrangements to convey the commissioners and Special Advisers to the two day event with a coaster bus prepared for the trip by road.
Travellers from Ondo state had in recent time been kidnapped on the highways by unknown gunmen outside the state.
A member of the cabinet who spoke on the condition of anonymity told our correspondent that most of the cabinet members and others top government officials set for the burial were already either in Lagos or Abuja as at Wednesday’s night, to connect Owerri in the morning.
“We have a bus stationed to convey us but no one is set for the road trip because if the insecurity in our highways especially from Edo to the East.
“So most of the Cabinet members have either moved to Lagos or Abuja to go to Owerri bh flight on thursday morning and I think it is the best arrangement.
“The attendance of the burial event us not compulsory; in fact the Governor insisted that those who do not fund it convenient should stay back but the only way to solidarise with the first lady is to attend physically,” he said.