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THE Cross River State Government has said  it would take responsibility for the burial of Amb. Matthew Tawo Mbu.

Addressing reporters in Calabar yesterday in the company of two sons of the late statesman, Matthew Mbu (Jnr) and Thomas Mbu, Governor Liyel Imoke described him (Mbu) as a son of Cross River, an icon, nationalist and one of the greatest leaders the country has ever produced.

He said although the family and the state government had officially informed the Federal Government they would not abdicate their responsibility of taking full responsibility of the burial, as Mbu was a 'son of Cross River State.'

A programme of obsequies read by the late statesman's son, Senator Matthew Mbu indicated that the body would arrive in Lagos from London on March 27 and would lie in state in his residence in Ikoyi from 8a.m. to 10a.m. On the same day at 6 p.m. there would be Songs of Praise at Harbour Point, 4 Wilmont Road, Victoria Island.

On March 28, the body would depart for Calabar in Cross River, where there would be a valedictory court session at the High Court in Calabar. There would be Mass at 12 noon at St Bernard's Catholic Church, then the body would lie in state at the Cultural Centre in Calabar, among others.