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IPOB insists members will participate in Kanu’s parents’ burial

By: dayan (M) |Time : February 11, 2020, 08:05:46 AM
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• MASSOB condemns police interference in ceremony
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB yesterday said that its members would attend the burial of the parents of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, on February 14, 2020 at Afaraukwu, Ibeku, Umuahia, Abia State.

In what looks like setting the stage for a showdown with the police in Abia State, which had earlier warned members of the group to steer clear of the burial if they want it to go smoothly, IPOB members said they would attend the burial.

IPOB in a statement signed by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, yesterday, said: “If the military might of the Almajiri Nigerian North, grand conspiracy of the judiciary and mind-numbing treachery of Igbo governors and Ohanaeze Ndigbo could not stop IPOB, how much less an unknown Fulani boy-boy and servant in police uniform in Umuahia.

“It is important we inform the Fulani masters of this Okon and those parading themselves as military officers in Afaraukwu Umuahia to beware because they cannot stop IPOB from coming to the burial of our leader’s parents on February 14, 2020. All the years of threats and brutal crackdowns on IPOB have all resulted in making IPOB more defiant, determined and ruthless in our pursuit of the noble goal of Biafra liberation.”

The police through its Commissioner in Abia State, Ene Okon, had vowed that they would not sit down and allow IPOB participate in the burial, stressing that it had reached out “to the prime minister of Afaraukwu and told him that if they want the burial to go on smoothly and for police to give them security, they should tell IPOB not to near the area not to talk of participating in the burial.”

But Powerful in the statement condemned the stand of the police, saying such had never happened in history in the country.

“In the sad history of Nigeria, never has there been an edict or warning issued against those mourning the passing of loved ones.”

Meanwhile, the leadership of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has warned the Abia State Commissioner of Police (CP) to desist from creating artificial tension in the state and allow the bereaved family and sympathisers to concentrate on the burial arrangements for the late traditional ruler of Afaraukwu, Eze Israel Kanu and his wife, Ugoeze Sally Kanu.

MASSOB expressed worry that police interference through unguided and insensitive statements on the burial of late traditional ruler of Afaraukwu and his wife is creating distraction and confusion in Afaraukwu community and the South-East in general.

The MASSOB Leader, Uchenna Madu, in a statement yesterday in Awka, while condemning the activities of Abia State Police Command, urged the state Commissioner of Police to order and caution that police steer clear and allow the mourners bury their dead.

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Re: IPOB insists members will participate in Kanu’s parents’ burial

By: dayan (M) |Time : February 11, 2020, 08:22:08 AM
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The police through its Commissioner in Abia State, Ene Okon, had vowed that they would not sit down and allow IPOB participate in the burial, stressing that it had reached out “to the prime minister of Afaraukwu and told him that if they want the burial to go on smoothly and for police to give them security, they should tell IPOB not to near the area not to talk of participating in the burial.”

But Powerful in the statement condemned the stand of the police, saying such had never happened in history in the country.

“In the sad history of Nigeria, never has there been an edict or warning issued against those mourning the passing of loved ones.”

This is one of those "tse tse fly perched on the scrotum" situation for Nigeria  :)), but wisdom is all that is required to handle the whole thing.

The burial of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu's parents is one that ALL Igbo at least (and "Biafrans" at large) holds in very high regard. I've already read statements by even Ohanaeze and other Igbo groups who plan to honour the respected monarch and his wife who happen to be Nnamdi Kanu's parents.

This thing is bigger than this commissioner of police, and if I were to advice him and others like him, I would advice that he takes his men out of that area entirely.
Maybe the high command should send the police men to Katsina and Borno where Boko Haram and "bandits" are currently making hay.

The CP's statement is provocative, and if anything goes wrong, his own statements will be used against him.

Honestly, I think that nothing will stop IPOB from attending this event.
I may be proven wrong though, but it seems to me that this burial is one of those rare opportunities for IPOB to achieve some unstated objectives.

They are already saying that they will come and that nothing will stop them from coming.
They never fail to deliver on their promise in things like this.

The way I see it, the burial will happen in one day or two, or 7 days highest according to some Igbo traditional rites.
 
IPOB will NOT achieve Biafra just by attending a funeral. FACT.

But, if anybody is killed on that day by the security agencies, it would amount to war crimes because the security agencies were not invited by anybody: NOT the family, NOT the town, NOT the state government.

Nobody has died yet. So, there is still time to withdraw those forces from that peaceful town.

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