The committee saddled with facilitating the funeral of deceased actress Moji Olaiya says while it intends to bury her in Nigeria, Ayo Fayose, Ekiti state governor, is yet to intervene.
In a statement released on Saturday, the committee said it made a verbal appeal for support but that Lere Olayinka, an aide to the Ekiti state governor, had directed them to make an official request.
The committee said it was yet to make the request.
“It is a considered opinion of this committee to bring back the corpse of our colleague back to Nigeria for a beffitting burial and her 2months old baby to be re-united with her family,” the statement read.
“Late Moji Olaiya is an indigene and a cultural ambassador of Ekiti state. Consequently the state government was informed and a verbal appeal for support via the senior media assistant to the governor, Mr Lere Olayinka and as at 2am on Saturday he directed the committee to make official request. The said request is yet to be made.
“At present, contrary to the news flying around, the committee has not received any favourable response from Ekiti state governor Mr Ayodele Fayose.
“You will recall, prior to this time the general public was intimated of the composition of the committee so that friends and media can direct their queries or get accurate information from the right source.
“We strongly warn against unguarded utterances, half information and publications that may dent the image of the deceased, her family and committee planning for her smooth and decent transition.
“Thanking you in advance for your co-operation and understanding. We also sincerely appreciate several encomiums, condolences and support locally and abroad in ensuring we give Late Moji Olaiya the deserving burial.
Fathia Balogun, Yomi Fabiyi and Foluke Daramola are among members of the committee.
The popular actress, 42, died on Wednesday in Canada following cardiac arrest, two months after she gave birth to her second daughter.
She died almost exactly two years after her younger brother, Abidemi Olaiya, passed on. He died on May 4, 2015.
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