The nation is now making preparations for the state funeral of former Prime Minister Edward Seaga, whose body was flown into the island yesterday.

His remains were received by Prime Minister Andrew Holness in a short ceremony featuring members of the Cabinet.

Mr Seaga’s remains arrived on a Caribbean Airlines flight at the Norman Manley International airport just after 6 last evening. His widow, Carla Seaga, and his children were also on the flight.

Kalilah Reynolds reports.

It was a sombre mood at the airport yesterday, as several Cabinet Ministers, members of the media, the security forces and others, paid respect to the late statesman.

An emotional Culture Minister and one of Mr Seaga’s proteges, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange says she appreciates the former Prime Minister’s contributions to the nation.

She says it’s a sad day for Jamaica as Mr Seaga was a very special person. 
Minister Grange says plans set to celebrate his life will be announced today.
Labour Minister Shahine Robinson, says Mr Seaga’s contribution to Jamaica is unparalleled.

Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate, Donna Scott Mottley says the experience was humbling.

In the meantime, President of the Spiritual Christian Revivalist Council of Churches, Bishop Brian Cameron, says Mr Seaga’s funeral should be done in a Revivalist Church.

He says he’s thankful for Mr Seaga’s support to Jamaica‚Äôs Revivalist movement.

Mr Seaga is to be accorded a state funeral.