Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will represent President Muhammadu Buhari at the State Funeral for late former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe on Saturday.
Concise News learned that the Vice President was accompanied on the trip by senior government officials, expected to be back in Nigeria later on Saturday.
Osinbajo would be joining other African leaders and Heads of State expected at the occasion scheduled for the country’s National Stadium in Harare.
According to the family spokesman, Leo Mugabe, the late former Zimbabwe President will be buried at a monument for national heroes in Harare.
“I can confirm that he will be buried at the National Heroes Acre on Sunday,” Leo told reporters at the family’s Blue Roof house,” he said.
“The private burial will be post-Sunday … there are certain preparations that need to be done at Heroes’ Acre and those developments will take time. These developments are the specifications from the chiefs themselves.”
Heads of State expected to attend the funeral include President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya.
Mugabe, who led Zimbabwe as Prime Minister and later President for 37 years altogether, until 2017, died last week, at the age of 95, in a Singaporean hospital.
Some of Mugabe’s relatives have expressed bitterness at the way former close associates, including Mnangagwa, overthrew him after 37 years in power amid mass protests against his rule.
While some still hail Mugabe as a liberator, others recall the repression and economic mismanagement that brought Zimbabwe to its knees.
Mnangagwa, a one-time protege of Mugabe, called the former president a “national icon” after his death.