Executed drug baron: Nigerians hold divergent views on burial fanfare

Executed drug baron: Nigerians hold divergent views on burial fanfare

By Olaoye Ademola

Felix Ezimoha

Felix Ezimoha

Nigerians have expressed divergent views on the fanfare and public celebration at the funeral of one of the country’s three drug barons recently executed in Indonesia.

The late Felix Izuchukwu Ezimoha’s remains was buried on Thursday at his Ezigbo village, Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Many of the people who commiserated with the family however frowned on the elaborate funeral accorded Felix. They believe such celebration might encourage other young people to go into hard drug business.


Ngozi Emmanuel who witnessed the burial said she sympathized with the family members but felt it was wrong for them to have displaced such affluence which might lead other young men into such dangerous business, with the hope of being luckier than the late Felix.

Augustine Okonkwo however said, “Felix did not steal. He was caught doing business. Luck just ran against him. He was our hero, and there is nothing wrong in giving him a befitting burial.”

However, most of the people who commented on the state-of-the-art burial on African Outlook condemned the celebrations.

A New York based journalist, Vickie Owodunni said such funeral should not have been done with fanfare. Ajani Akinkunmi Saleem, on the same platform said, “It’s too bad celebrating a criminal’s corpse.” Adebowale Adewunmi hoped the executed man sought and found peace with God before his execution. “May Nigeria be saved from her own who bring her good name to disrepute.” He said

Salami Olatokunbo wondered what has come over Nigerians, that in their quest for money, they even go on holy pilgrimages to transact hard drug business. He cited the case of the three Nigerians arrested in Saudi Arabia in this year’s holy pilgrimage.


Nkiru Ifeoma Onyejike, also commenting on African Outlook, said Felix was a hero. “He must have helped his people for them to celebrate him in death. He is their hero.”

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1 Response

  1. Gbemisola says:

    I think the family hasn’t done enough by praising the deeds of their dead son/nephew, they should also send their remaining sons and daughters to start drug business maybe by the time they celebrate the corpse of their last offspring they would realize they shouldn’t encourage such a shameful act

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