Nigerian Senate President leads delegation to state funeral of late Namibian president

Distinguished Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, represented the country at the state funeral of His Excellency Dr. Hage Geingob, former President of Namibia, who passed away on February 4, 2024, aged 83. 

The visit took place upon the instruction of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who designated Akpabio as his special envoy and leader of the Nigerian delegation to the event held in Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia.

Other members of the delegation on February 24, 2024 are Mr Zephaniah Jisalo, the Honourable Minister of Special Duties and Inter- Governmental Affairs and Mr Ya'u Shehu Darazo, Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs.

According to the programme of events, a memorial service will be held in honour of the departed leader at the Independence Stadium on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 14:00 hours. Similarly, the burial service will be held at Heroes' Acre, Windhoek, on Sunday, February 25, 2024 at 10:00 hours. 

The essence of the trip is to demonstrate Nigeria's solidarity with the government and people of Namibia as well as convey President Tinubu's "deep condolences" and the "renewed assurances" of his "sincere and personal regards" to the good people of that country, a press statement issued by Eseme Eyiboh, Special Adviser to the President of the Senate on Media and Publicity, explained.
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