By Chinwe Nwacha Onitsha
As the burial of Late Eze Israel Okwu Kanu of Afaraukwu community, Umuahia, Abia State and wife, late Ugoeze Sally Nmeme Okwu Kanu, draws near an Igbo group wants Nnamdi Lani to stay off the burial.
Igbo socio-cultural and political organization, Imeobi Igbo Forum, weekend begged the IPOB
leader to keep off the burial venue to avoid being noticed by those going after him.
Addressing newsmen in Onitsha, Anambra state, the National chairman of the forum, Chief Mike Ikegulu-Onugha, advised that, “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.
“We should not wait until he returns before the dead is buried. Left for me the government of the federation should allow him to come andbury his parents. I wish he will come and bury his parents the way I did mine.
“However, rather than come and get involved in all sorts of legalities
and military things and all sorts of issues, it is better for him to keep off.
“The Federal Government should forgive a freedom fighter who is asking for a democratic/judicial means of independence. I see no harm in him, the President should pardon him to come back.”
The forum National chairman while sympathising with the family of
Nnamdi Kanu over the demise of their parents, urged them to take heart stating that, “in all struggles, stories like this comes up. These are stories that will be told better in life. His parents died in the struggle, let us not mince words about it. The struggle has taken toll
on them” he stated further.
It would be recalled that the IPOB image maker, Emma Powerful, had in
announcing the burial programme stated that, “IPOB worldwide wish to
announce to the world, particularly Biafrans, friends of Biafra, lovers of freedom and with regard for the protocal of the Afaraukwu Eze-in-council, that February 14, 2020, will be the burial date of our leader’s parents at Eze Sir Israel Okwu Kanu’s palace in Isiama Afaraukwu, Umuahia Ibeku, Abia State.
“The burial slated to hold on valentine day, will begin with
procession and preparations in line with ancient customs and tradition
of the Afaraukwu people” he hinted.