Lulu-Briggs’ Widow Makes a Last-Minute Appeal to Amanyanabo of Abonnema Committee
… seeks to ensure a befitting burial for her husband
It has emerged that Dr Mrs Seinye O.B. Lulu-Briggs, the wife of late business mogul, High Chief O.B. Lulu-Briggs, participated in a meeting with a committee set up by the Amanyanabo of Abonnema to ensure that the entire family of High Chief (Dr) O.B. Lulu-Briggs were included in his burial. The first step in ensuring a befitting burial for her husband was a request to engage the assistance of the Amanyanabo in locating the body of her husband which had been smuggled out of Ghana over a year ago
In a letter addressed to the Amanyanabo of Abonnema, His Majesty, King Disrael Gbobo Bob-Manuel, entitled, RE: BURIAL OF HIGH CHIEF DR O.B. LULU-BRIGGS and dated March 4, 2021, Dr Mrs Seinye reiterated her question about the whereabouts of her husband’s body has not been answered, despite the assurance given to her by the committee set up by the Abonnema King that her question would be addressed.
She recalled her stand that every other issue concerning her participation in the burial proceedings would be pending until her question about the whereabouts of her husband’s body is answered.
The letter reads in part: “At the beginning of the meeting, I had asked where my husband’s body was. As a widow, this is of paramount importance to me and my other children. It has been the cause of great anguish and trauma. It has been over a year since my son, Dumo, ultimately took the body from the funeral home in Ghana where it had been, with his knowledge, since his transition to glory on December 27, 2018.
“You graciously agreed that my question would be addressed as part of the meeting agenda. As I said at that time, every other issue concerning the burial to be discussed would be conditional to my knowing where my husband’s body is laid…I understand that there was extensive discussion of the fundamental question I asked about my husband’s body.”
She maintained that her participation in the burial talks was dependent on the provision of the answer to her question concerning the whereabouts of her husband’s body.
“With all due respect, Your Majesty, I request that this honourable committee gives me the answer to the fundamental question of the whereabouts of my husband’s body. Only then will I have the confidence and be in the frame of mind to talk about the burial activities with anyone,” she writes in the letter.
In a follow-up letter also addressed to the Amanyanabo of Abonnema, with the same title, RE: BURIAL OF HIGH CHIEF DR O.B. LULU-BRIGGS and dated March 7, 2021, Dr Mrs Seinye O.B. Lulu-Briggs further lamented that she had not been told where the corpse of her late husband was. She said as long as she was concerned, her late husband’s body was still in Ghana, as she still had custody of his international passport and other relevant permits, hence the need for her and her children to view the corpse now set for burial to be sure it is her husband’s body.
“Mindful of your committee’s mandate from His Excellency Chief Nyesom Wike, CON, GSSRS, POS (Africa), to ensure that the state burial being accorded my beloved husband, High Chief (Dr) O.B. Lulu-Briggs OON, DCF, DSSRS, includes all stakeholders and is hitch-free, I am writing in follow-up to my letter of March 4, 2021 to draw your attention to the fact that the fundamental question I asked about the whereabouts of my husband’s body has still not been answered.
“This is critical because as far as I know, my husband’s body, which the children and I last viewed in Accra in February 2020 at Transitions Place (funeral home), has not yet left Ghana. Indeed, I am still in possession of his international passport and all the relevant statutory export permits issued in anticipation of the movement of his body from Ghana to Nigeria for burial. As such and for avoidance of doubt, my children and I wish to view and identify his body before the commencement of his obsequies.
“In his Last Will and Testament, my husband made it clear that I was to be involved in the arrangements of his funeral and I have been patiently awaiting the opportunity to engage,” Dr Mrs Seinye O.B. Lulu-Briggs stated in her letter.