Mugabe’s funeral: Osinbajo to represent Nigeria

FILE PHOTO - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe looks on during a rally marking Zimbabwe's 32nd independence anniversary celebrations in Harare, Zimbabwe April 18, 2012. REUTERS

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will represent President Muhammadu Buhari at the state funeral for former President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

In a statement in Abuja, Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, said the vice president would depart for Harare, Zimbabwe, on Friday for the state funeral scheduled for September 14.

Other African leaders and Heads of State will be at the ceremony scheduled to take place at the country’s National Stadium in Harare.

Heads of State expected to attend the funeral include President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya.

Mugabe, who was Zimbabwean Prime Minister and later President for 37 years altogether, up until 2017, died on Sept. 6, at the age of 95 in a Singaporean Hospital.

The vice president, who will be accompanied on the trip by senior government officials, is expected back in Nigeria on Saturday.

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