Recent information have it that plans for the burial of late football legend, Stephen Keshi may be at hold due to lack of funds.
According to Vanguard Sports, there are allegedly no funds to enable the burial planning committee to carry out the burial activities in proper.
Keshi died in Edo State last month after suffering from a very brief illness, and the
Nigerian Federal Government arranged his burial for July 27, 28 and 29, with a committee headed by the Permanent Secretary in the Youth and Sports Ministry.
Sources also disclose that Sports Minister, Barr Solomon Dalung, who has been hard at work sourcing for funds for the Nigerian contingent to the Rio 2016 Olympics is still unable to find a way to demand for funds for Keshi’s burial, estimated to cost about N30million from the Federal Government.
The source further stated that his burial is an extra-budgetary matter cos it wasn’t planned for claiming they should be patient with the presidency.
“This is an extra- budgetary matter and we have to be patient with the Presidency, a source told Vanguard.
“Having captained the national team for nearly 15years, winning the Nations Cup as captain and coach, Keshi deserves a hero’s burial and the Federal Government will do it but funds have been hindering us”, added another committee member.
However, Dalung had vowed to give Keshi a befitting burial as a beacon of hope to today’s youths that if they serve Nigeria well in any endeavour, their country will never forget
them and will reward them abundantly even
when they are no longer alive.
Now it looks like the economic hardships and cost cutting efforts of the government may hugely affect the burial plans of the late soccer icon.