The Vice Chairman of the committee,
Chief Uche Chukwumerije, made the announcement at a news
conference shortly after its meeting in Enugu on Saturday.
He said the burial was shifted following
developments in the country which affected the programme.
He said that a new programme for the burial
had been rolled out to ensure that the Ikemba was given a befitting
burial unprecedented in the country.
Chief Chukwumerije said that a four-week
burial programme had been rolled out starting with pre-burial
activities from February 14 to February 20.
``There will be a day of reminiscences
featuring tributes and lectures from February 21 to February 24 in
Uyo, Akwa Ibom, Calabar in Cross River, Port Harcourt and Lagos
State,'' he said.
He said that this would be followed by
traditional `Icho Mmadu` (searchging for the dead) which would be led
by Igbo youths.
Chief Chukwumerije said that on Feb. 27,
Ikemba's body would arrive in Abuja en route Owerri while prayers
would be offered in all the churches.
He said on Feb. 28, the body would arrive
in Enugu, adding that on March 1, there would be funeral ceremonies at
the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.
``On March 2, the body would leave Enugu
for Nnewi after a brief stopover at Awka, Anambra, for interment.''
Chief Chukwumerije appealed to the media
for adequate coverage of the burial activities, adding that the burial
was expected to unite Igbos at home and in the disapora.