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Following sudden army presence in Afaraukwu Community, the home town of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the kinsmen has called on the military to allow the bereaved to conduct the funeral of their parents.
Chief Ikechukwu Ndubueze, the President General of Afaraukwu community, Umuahia North council area of Abia State who spoke to newsmen on the preparation for burial of Royal Highnesses, Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and Ugoeze Sally Kanu said the villagers expect peaceful burial of their monarch and Lolo.
Chief Ndubueze noted that the community has been interacting with security agencies in the state to achieve a calm and successful funeral adding that both the security chiefs and government house stay as tenants in their community and will be there if they are not peaceful.
His statement retrieved by SCANNEWS 24, read: “What we are doing is a traditional burial. The entire Afaraukwu community wants a peaceful burial. We have been meeting with the security agencies in the state.
“What we are doing is not an IPOB affair, we are only burying our late monarch and his wife. They should allow us to bury our dead. Afaraukwu is a peaceful community. Some people don’t want us to have a peaceful burial. All we want to do is to give our monarch and his wife a peaceful burial.
The Commissioner of Police is our tenant, the head of Immigration and other security chiefs live in our community. Even the Abia State Government House is our tenant. They won’t be living in our community if we are not peaceful.”
He warned the general public to be careful of ‘fake reports’ on social media regarding the burial to avoid creating tension with wrong information.
Emmanuel Kanu, brother to Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu added voice to the call, requested the military distance from the burial to enable them Bury their parents in peace, noting that the secessionist group does not lift arms.
In his words: “they should stay away from the burial and allow us to bury our late patents.
We don’t carry arms, we assure them we will conduct a peaceful burial. My parents have paid the supreme price, the Army should stay away.”
However, Igboayaka O. Igboayaka, the National President, Ohanaeze Youth Council, condemned the deployment of troops to the peaceful community when major states, mainly North-East zone, need a military presence to help tackle insurgency ravaging Nigeria.