- Mr. Joseph Aloba, father of late Nigerian singer Mohbad, reveals reasons behind his son’s quick burial amid controversy.
- He cites Yoruba customs, explaining that the young age of the deceased necessitated a rapid burial according to local traditions.
- Concerns about Mohbad’s unconventional burial site, next to a cassava farm, addressed as it was the only land known to be owned by the artist.
- He mentions that if Mohbad had been older, they might have opted for a morgue for an extended period of preservation.
Mohbad, a rising star in the Nigerian music industry, passed away on 12th September 2023, leaving fans and the public shocked and in mourning.
Nigerians had expressed their concerns about the unusual burial site chosen for the late artist, situated adjacent to a cassava farm, which many considered unfitting for a celebrity of Mohbad’s stature.
However, Mr. Aloba has now provided an explanation, attempting to put these concerns to rest.
In a video uploaded to Instagram by @temilolasobola, Mohbad’s father disclosed that the decision to bury his son swiftly was rooted in cultural norms in Yoruba land.
He explained that because the deceased was relatively young at the time of his demise, local customs dictated that the body could not be kept for an extended period.
Mr. Aloba further emphasized that if Mohbad had lived to an older age, they might have considered preserving his body in a morgue for a longer duration.
In Mohbad’s father words;
“In Yoruba land, his corpse is not the kind to be kept when both of his parents are still alive. Assuming he died at an older age, we might have considered putting his body in the mortuary and taking it at a later date. That same night we took him away from there and buried him where we did.”
Addressing the choice of burial site, Mr. Aloba clarified that the location was selected because it was the only piece of land he knew to be owned by the late artist.
He disclosed that Mohbad had given him the land with the intention of building a church on it.
Therefore, considering the absence of any alternative land ownership, they opted to lay Mohbad to rest there.
“That land where Mohbad was buried is his only land, that’s the only land I know him to have owned. Truly he gave me the land to build my church because we had both agreed to build the church there, and since that’s the only land I knew him to have…,” Mohbad’s father added.