- Leaders of Isiama Afaraukwu community in Umuahia local government area of Abia state have sent a message to the federal government
- The community leaders want soldiers deployed to their community withdrawn as they prepare to bury their late king and his wife
- The late monarch and his wife are parents of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB); Nnamdi Kanu
A report by The Nation indicates that preparations are in top gear ahead of Friday, February 14 burial date of parents of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB); Nnamdi Kanu.
His Royal Highness Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and his wife, Ugoeze Meme Sally Kanu will be buried at their country home, Isiama Afaraukwu community in Umuahia local government area of Abia state on Friday, February 14.
Residents and shop owners in the area said that they were willing to be part of the burial ceremony, though they expressed fears of a possible clash between members of IPOB and security agents in the state.
According to some of them, they have been noticing the movement of persons in plain clothes suspected to be personnel of security agencies in the state.
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It was alleged that nine Hilux vans loaded with military personnel patrolled the community on Sunday, February 2 heightening fears in the area.
Dismissing insinuations in some quarters, leadership of Isiama Afaraukwu said IPOB would have no role to play in the burial of the late king and wife.
The president-general, Isiama Afaraukwu autonomous community, Chief Ikechukwu Ndubueze in a media chat, disclosed that the community wants their monarch and wife to be buried peacefully.
According to Ndubueze, the burial of Kanu’s parents does not have anything to do with Biafra agitation.
He pleaded with the federal government to withdraw soldiers deployed in the community whose presence, he said was already causing unnecessary tension and panic among the indigenes.
“The army should allow us to bury our monarch and the wife peacefully. It’s their traditional right which we owe them,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has been asked by the Igbo Youth Assembly (IYA) to apologise to President Muhammadu Buhari for consistently abusing his administration.
Ifeanyi Nwaudunna, the president-general of the group in a statement described Kanu’s actions against Buhari’s administration as rude and irresponsible.
The group said such conducts by Kanu should not be passed to the younger generation because it contradicts the customs, traditions and cultural values of Igbo as a people.
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