The Igbo apex socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo yesterday warned the Nigerian Army not to do anything that could disrupt the peace in Afaraukwu in Umuahia, the home town of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, as the burial date for internment of his parents Eze Israel and Sally Kanu (below) draws near.
Yesterday the Awareness reported a mini invasion of the town when battle-ready troops of the Nigerian Army suddenly rolled in aboard armoured personnel carriers and sealed off the Palace of the late Eze Kanu. (Click here for that report)
Ohaneze is showing solidarity with IPOB and has frowned on this new provocative action by the FGN through the army.
In a statement by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Chuks Ibegbu, Ohaneze (below) expressed anger with the sudden military presence around the home of Nnamdi Kanu few days to the burial of his parents.
He advised the army to respect the dead and ensure that peace prevailed throughout the burial rites of the traditional ruler and his wife.
The statement read in part:
“I expect our army to concentrate on fighting the insurgents and not to create panic in peaceful communities,”
Ibegbu also revealed that Ohanaeze Ndigbo would hold a crucial Imeobi (inner caucus meeting) in Enugu on February 9, 2019, to brainstorm and make crucial decisions on how to make sure that the traditional ruler and his wife are laid to rest peacefully and with all proper traditional rights of the Igbo