Eskor Toyo Gets Secular, ‘Comrade’ Burial
The remains of Professor Eskor Toyo were yesterday laid to rest in his home town, Ekim in Udungoko Local Council of Akwa Ibom State.
Late Toyo was a retired Professor of Economics with the University of Calabar and died in Calabar at the age of 86.
His burial was remarkable in the state, as it was the first time that a person of his status would be buried without the involvement of Christian, Islamic or, traditional institutions.
Rather, his comrades and colleagues from the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) from across the country, as well as officials of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) led by its President, buried him.
The Convener of the Calabar group of comrades and Eskor Toyo friends, Dr. Edwin Madunagu, said the burial was conducted with lots of tributes and was significant because no religious body was involved.
One of the comrades, Nse Paulinus, said “The burial did not bear any traditional or religious colouration. It was a secular burial; we buried our comrade in a comrade way.”