Stephen Keshi For Burial In Illah Delta State On Friday

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July 28, 2016 – Stephen Keshi To Be Buried In Illah Delta State On Friday

The final journey of Nigeria football legend, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi will begin in Benin City, Edo State today.

On Wednesday, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) confirmed that the final rites would now be confined to Edo and Delta States.

Keshi, one of only two men to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as player and as coach, died in Benin City on Wednesday, June 8 at the age of 54.

Family sources confirmed that the remains of the legend will be interred at his hometown of Illah in Delta State on Friday.

11 thoughts on “Stephen Keshi For Burial In Illah Delta State On Friday

  1. Can any Christian tell me why in Christianity you delay burial for weeks and months?. This practice is prevalent in African than the Western Christian nations. Is there a Biblical guideline for this?. Does the Bible teaches Rules Of Burial at all?

    This is not mockery but for educational purposes. This is very sad. I dont think you people realize the pains and sufferings you inflict on the dead with this type of practices. I dont think it is money matter that causes you to delay burial because at the end of the day, you bury your dead in expensive casket. What’s the genesis of all the delay before burial?.

    Islam on the other hand gives details beyond human mind not only rules of burial but what actually takes place in Barzakh (Purgatory) – The Stage Between this World and the Hereafter. It is not easy in the grave as many think. Not easy at all the moment the dead is placed in the grave and everyone lives. Then questioning begins by the Angels from 7 to 40 days.

    I feel sad anytime I see the way Christians do things. And to make the matter worse, you carry the casket and dance with it. I swear by God, the dead is cursing every single one of the people dancing at that moment because you have no idea what the dead is going through. It is high time you need to read Islamic sources on this subject.

    This is my humble admonition and submission

    Good-luck Mr Keshi

    • @Amanda, it is not out of place that you should broach a question as this at this point in time. My humble self is equally caused a great deal of thought whenever I behold the diverse manners in which different people handle funeral. Not once have I said here that I love the way that moslems handle their dead. Christians take a way different approach to it all.

      The bible in the Old Testament did not give us any explicit evidence as to how soon after death that burial took place. The case of Deuteronomy 21:23 is exclusively for hanged criminals, who are cursed by God. However, we have a case in the New Testament to draw our cue from: Lazarus, a friend of Jesus, who died when Jesus was in another town (John 11). The bible makes us to know that Jesus remained for an additional two days in that town after he was told that Lazarus was sick. Again, when Jesus finally reached Bethany, the place of Lazarus, he realized that Lazarus had been buried for four days. One could then deduce that he had died that same day that Jesus received the news in other to be four days in the tomb. In other words, he was buried that very day he passed on.

      Jesus Himself was buried the same day that he was crucified, and it had to be so because “cursed is the man who is hung on the tree (taking us back to Deuteronomy 21:23).

      Thus we can see that the command to inter corpses the very same day of death was explicitly given for criminals who where hanged or crucified because they were cursed by God. And since the law is silent on other death cases, it then leaves humans with the choice of whenever they feel convenient for them to bury the rest of their dead. I may have to add that whether the corpse is buried 100years after death, or on the same day that death occurred, or even before they die, it has nothing to do with the eternal destiny of the deceased, neither does it incur God’s wrath on the survivors.

      But the question of dancing during burial is quite different. Death is naturally grievous. But when Christians consider that the dead died in Christ, it becomes a thing of joy even in the midst of tears because the deceased has gone to enjoy eternal bliss, and there is the hope or reunion at the end of days. The bible refers to this as sleep instead of death. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 handles it thus: Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.

      But sadly, people now dance about and make merry even when a depraved criminal or a dreaded cultist dies, and even when the Christians among their survivors know fully well that the dead is headed to a torturous end in hellfire.

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