Stay Away From His Burial Plan – Asake’s Family
Dr. Musa Asake’s family, General Secretary of Christian Association of Nigeria, who died three weeks ago, have told the Christian Association of Nigeria not to get involved in the burial arrangements of the deceased clergyman.
The family of the clergyman wrote to CAN, not to get themselves involve in the activities of his burial.
The rejection came barely a day after CAN had set up a burial committee chaired by Rev. Stephen Adegbite “to organise a befitting farewell” for its late General Secretary.
Although it was not immediately clear if he had returned to Nigeria, the President of CAN, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, was said to have traveled to Philadelphia, United States of America, few hours after the death of Asake was made public.
A source in CAN stated that few hours after the death of Asake, some senior officers of CAN reportedly asked his Personal Assistant to surrender the keys to his (Asake’s) office.
Since his death, speculations had been rife that a serious succession dispute was imminent. The family of Asake conveyed their feelings in a terse letter dated May 23 2018, and signed by the first son of the deceased, Aminchi Musa Asake.
The letter addressed to the Assistant General Secretary of CAN, Joseph Bade Daramola, was obtained on Saturday.
He said, “I received your letter dated May 22, 2018. I want to thank the Christian Association of Nigeria for reaching out to my family and wanting to commiserate with us on the passing on of my father. You have been so generous as to offer us assistance with the planning of his burial, even planning a service of songs and a commendation service. But at this point, I must ask CAN to stop, we do not need your assistance.
“The family has taken an independent decision that we will be solely responsible for the burial of our father, late Rev. Dr. Musa Asake. We have already set up an independent committee and will proceed accordingly with our plans. Thank you.”
Asake, according to the committee set up by his family, will be buried on Friday June 8 2018. He died in Abuja on Friday, May 11 2018 at the aged 66.