IPOB Announces 48-hour World-wide Coverage Of Eze Kanu's Funeral While Ohaneze Youth Invites Buhari And Pleads For A Presidential Pardon For NK
With just a few days to the burial of the parents of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, ,IPOB has released a directive to its members attending the mega event on Friday the 14th in Afaraukwu Umuahia, Abia State
It has called for calm, and peace and has instructed its members to be on their best behaviour so as not to deviate from the true intent of the ceremony, which is to accord the Eze and his wife the last proper Igbo customary farewell.
It has also planned
complete coverage of the event for its international audience and
members in the Diaspora via Radio Biafra and on other platforms such as Youtube streaming which will start 24 hours
before the actual burial on Thursday the 13th
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Meanwhile in related events, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, yesterday has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to order the withdrawal of the military from Kanu’s Village in Afaraukwu Umuahia, Abia State.
In a statement issued by its President General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro (below) and the Secretary-General, Okwu Nnabuike, the group also appealed to President Buhari to grant the IPOB leader a presidential pardon to enable him to return home to bury his parents in accordance with Igbo tradition and culture.
The statement read:
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide is worried about the military presence at Kanu’s Village, Afaraukwu Umuahia, Abia State few days to the burial of HRM Eze I O Kanu and his wife.
"We Appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to consider the damage it will cause the reputation as the international community is watching keenly to see if there will be any form of human rights violations and abuses by Nigeria’s military before, during and after the burial rites of the Igbo Paramount Ruler and his wife by next weekend.
“OYC insists there’s no need for any provocative action promoting violence by Nigeria’s military before, during and after the burial of HRM Eze Kanu, because Abia State is calm and secure.
"Buhari should pull out the military and accord the last respect for the late king by granting permission and presidential pardon to Nnamdi Kanu to return and bury his parents according to Igbo tradition and culture.”
Two days ago the same officials Isiguzoro and the Secretary-General, Okwu Nnabuikein (below) in a separate statement had also invited the President to attend the funeral as the ultimate goodwill gesture.
That statement, in turn, read partially:
“There’s nothing amiss if President Buhari in person or through a high power delegation attends or sends a condolence message to the people of Afaraukwu Umuahia on the Demise of their Paramount Ruler and his wife.
“Such a presidential gesture will portray him as a good father of the nation, irrespective of IPOB’s stance on self-determination and the injustice melted by systematic structure against Igbos after 50 years of the Biafra War Civil.
“The presidential pardon to Kanu and release of other Biafra agitators in detention and sending a delegation to the burial will be applauded by both International Community and Nigerians at home.
“[This] will attract more respect for President Buhari, as such a presidential gesture granted to Bashorun MKO Abiola, to appease the Yorubas should be applied now to restore more confidence of Igbos in this regime… what’s good to the goose is also good for the gander."