As family crisis that has delayed the burial of Prominent billionaire, High Chief O.B Lulu Briggs for close to one year linger, the Rivers State Government has proposed to bury the late Philanthropist.
Governor Nyesom Wike who addressed the Kalabari Ethnic Nationality on Wednesday at the Government House Port Harcourt, expressed the interest of Rivers State Government in according the late Lulu-Briggs the respect he deserves.
“I even told them to let the Rivers State Government be responsible for the burial.
Chief Lulu-Briggs died in December 2018 in Ghana but family feud between Dumo Lulu-Briggs, his brothers and their stepmother, Seinye Lulu-Briggs has led to the patriarch not given a final resting.
“Let the State Government take the corpse. Government will hold the corpse and give him a befitting burial. All I want is peace. ”
Wike lambasted the people who because of financial inducements have allowed their direction on the Chief OB Lulu Briggs issue to be influenced.
“If Dumo calls you for a meeting, you will go, if the woman calls you for a meeting, you will go. What kind of system is this? Nobody will say the truth because of money and how much is the money?
“How can such a man not be buried for one year. Not that they are looking for money to bury the man”, he said.
Governor Wike called on the Kalabari leaders to set aside their differences and intervene to ensure that Chief O. B. Lulu Briggs is buried.
“How can a prominent son pf Kalabari Land stay in the mortuary for one year and we are all here. Nobody can speak the truth.
“They have divided themselves. You collect money here , you collect money there and you cannot speak the truth.
“I have intervened more than three to four times. Having meetings, but was disappointed by the wife. I have to say clearly to all of you, I have never received insult like that in my life.”
He stated that he told Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs and the widow of the late Philanthropist to allow the love they have for Chief O.B Lulu Briggs influence them into allowing him to be buried.
He said the feuding parties should allow High Chief O.B Lulu Briggs to be buried, after the burial they can continue the struggle for his property.
“Let the man be buried. Anyone who is dragging property can go and drag for the property. How can such a man not be buried for one year? ” he said.
Governor Wike appealed to the Amanyanabo of Abonnema, King Disrael Bob-Manuel and other leaders of the area to directly intervene to resolve the matter.