- It's barely four days to the burial of parents of the IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu
- An Igbo socio-cultural and political organisation has urged Kanu to steer clear of the ceremony
- Kanu had said he would attend the burial which is expected to be held in his hometown in Abia state
A group, Imeobi Igbo Forum, has begged Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), to keep off the burial venue of his parents to avoid any uncertainties.
Kanu had said he would attend the burial which is expected to be held in his hometown Afaraukwu community in Umuahia, Abia state.
Some IPOB members had taken to social media to allege that since Kanu's announcement, soldiers have been seen parading the community.
PAY ATTENTION: Download our mobile app to enjoy the latest news update
Addressing journalists on Sunday, February 9 in Onitsha, Anambra state, national chairman of the forum, Chief Mike Ikegulu-Onugha, said the absence of Kanu would not affect the burial, adding that it was unnecessary waiting for his return before the dead is buried.
He said: “Kanu should steer clear of the burial arena until all the issues are resolved. He should wait until the coast is clear for him to come back.
“The dead must be buried whether Nnamdi is around or not. If he comes home, it is an opportunity for those who are looking for him to get him.”
While sympathising with Kanu’s family of over the demise of their parents, Ikegulu-Onugha urged them to take heart stating, “In all struggles, stories like this come up. These are stories that will be told better in life.”
Meanwhile, leaders in Kanu's community have stated that 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, even as he pleaded with the federal government to withdraw soldiers deployed in the community.
According to him, the presence of the soldiers was already causing unnecessary tension and panic among the indigenes.
NAIJ.com (naija.ng) -> Legit.ng: Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!
BUSTED: I was without clothes when they came to arrest us - lady cries out | Legit TV