Former Aviation Minister, Chief Osita Chidoka, has called for a radical cultural change on lavish funeral practices, observed in various parts of the country.
Chidoka made the call in new episode of his regular ‘Car Front Seat Conversations’, hosted on his YouTube channel.
The ex-FRSC boss noted that the coming of coronavirus should serve as lesson to those who engage in funeral extravagance, pointing out that the money wasted on lavish funerals can be transformed from what he termed ‘capital destruction to capital creation’
In the video, he said:”For those who spend up to N5million in burial ceremonies, in memory of the deceased, part of the money can be utilized to support an individual, relation or kinsman who is responsible, in business or other venture. We can actually channel this lavish waste to economic empowerment.”
He also maintained that it is high time people focused on the living not the dead, saying that some highly placed individuals lost their lives within this coronavirus period but was buried in a low key ceremony.
The DAILY VENDOR recalls that the advent of COVID-19 has resulted to drastic reduction in social gatherings across the country, with some states insisting on not more than 30 persons in a gathering.
Watch video (in Igbo) below: