Billionaire businessman, Obinna Iyiegbu, popularly known as Obi Cubana, has justified why his family decided to organised a lavish burial for their late mother.
Obi Cubana, a graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1998, with a degree in Political Science – made the revelation in an interview with BBC Pidgin.
Speaking on why they organised the extravagant burial for their late mum, Obi said he and his siblings were planning to organising a unique carnival for their mother on her 80th birthday, unfortunately she died.
He said; “My mother’s burial was like that because we had already promised her that whenever she clocks 80, we’ll organise a unique carnival, which is the first of its kind in the world, to celebrate her.”
“We joked about it and agreed. But thereafter, she died before she clocked 80. Due to that, we dissipated all our energy and initial plans to celebrate her 80th birthday into organising a befitting burial for her. That’s why it is the talk of the town.
“This year (2021) makes it 15 years that our father passed away. After my father’s death, we gave our mother all the love because she was always there for us. She was the one playing the role of a father and mother for us before her death.
“Whenever you visit her, she must pray for you before leaving. Even in your absence, she still prays for you, so when she died, it was as if they collected part of my energy.”
Since after the burial, Nigerians has been reacting on social media following the show of wealth by his friends who attended the burial. However, defending his friends, Obi Cubana said ‘they had the right to spend their money the way they wanted to.
“How would I have arranged for people to come to the event and spray money. Is it to bathe with it? The money belongs to them, so it is their choice to spend it anyhow they like.”
“All those that came for the burial are bigwigs across various industries, so they’re basically there to show love for my family. Some of them were my friends and colleagues from school several years back.
“Therefore, the burial offered them the platform to come and show their love and support. That’s what happened that day,” he said.