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Umuahia shut down as Kanu’s parents are interred amid heavy security

By: dayan (M) |Time : February 15, 2020, 05:00:27 AM
Okey Sampson, Umuahia

Despite assurances given by elders of Afaraukwu community that the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu parents’ burial will be peaceful, commercial banks in the Abia State capital did not open for business yesterday.

Equally, shops and schools around Afaraukwu did not open just like the banks in Umuahia ostensibly out of the fear of the unknown. The overwhelming crowd at the burial locked down Afaraukwu. Also, the much-publicised homecoming of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu for the burial of his parents, Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and Ugoeze Sally Kanu, failed to materialize, after all.

The IPOB leader expectedly did not come home, but his immediate younger brother, Kanunta Kingsley Kanu, represented him at the burial that was well attended by thousands of mourners believed to be IPOB members.

Speaking during the homily at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Isiama Afaraukwu, the Anglican Bishop of Umuahia, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Ibeabuchi, said the living, particularly the children of the deceased should not allow their hearts to be troubled since they believe in God. He said man brought nothing into this world and certainly will take nothing away, stressing that the Lord gave and has taken away. He prayed God to grant the relations of the deceased who he said have cast their grief on Him, consolation.

He prayed to God: “In your boundless compassion, console us who mourn; give us faith to see in death the gate of eternal life, so that in quiet confidence, we may continue our course on earth.”

Spokesman of the Kanu family, Kanunta said, his parents were honest, kind and not purchasable, which he said everyone who came in contact with them could attest to. He said they were godly, adding that they never ceased to preach the word of God to them.

The church service, which started at about 2:15 pm ended by 4:00 pm and thereafter their bodies were taken to their final resting place. Meanwhile, all the five Southeast governors stayed away from the burial. Neither did any of them send officials to represent the state government nor send condolence messages to the family, at the event which witnessed a mammoth crowd.

However, Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu was said to have visited Isiama Afaraukwu on Thursday, to inspect the ongoing rehabilitation of the road leading to the Kanu family house. It was not confirmed whether the family formally informed the governors about the burial plans of the late monarch and his wife or not.

However, some noted Igbo leaders, including Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe; former Anambra governor, Peter Obi; Senators Chris Adighije and Victor Umeh, graced the occasion. Many mourners from the Southeast and South-South zones of the country majority of whom were suspected to be IPOB members attended the burial but without any Biafra flag or IPOB insignia.

Reacting on the absence of the Southeast governors, the Leader of Movement for the Actualization Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Uchenna Madu, said it doesn’t speak well for an event that was supposed to be an Igbo affair. He also criticized the fact that no notable serving politician from Umuahia attended the burial. The MASSOB leader, however, commended Obi, Abaribe and Umeh, who he described as the true Igbo leaders.

In order to ensure there was no breakdown of law and order, the Abia police command deployed several detachments of its operatives in strategic locations in Umuahia, the Abia capital, to provide security.

There was heavy security presence at the major entrances to Afaraukwu Ibeku, the community of the deceased couple, Eze Israel Kanu, who was the traditional ruler of the community, and his wife, Sally. The police operatives were stationed specifically on Factory Road, Ojukwu Bunker/Afaraukwu Road and St. Andrews Anglican Church, Afaraukwu, all close to the country home of the late monarch. Some detachments were also seen patrolling Umuahia metropolis in different patrol vans as part of the efforts to maintain the peace in the city during the burial.

A motley crowd of sympathisers from different parts of Igbo land trooped to Afaraukwu to pay their last respect to the deceased. The sympathisers, who were dressed in various Igbo traditional attires and burial uniforms, sat calmly in canopies mounted within the precincts of the Kanu’s country home. Many milled around in groups, dancing to chants of Igbo songs praising the legacies of the deceased.

Markets, shops and business premises in the area were shut down on the orders of the community leadership, as a mark of honour to the late monarch and his wife. Also, private and public schools located in the area did not open due to the tension generated by speculations that there might be police/IPOB clash during the burial. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Geoffrey Ogbonna (Superintendent of Police), said that the area had been calm and peaceful, adding that, “things are going on orderly.”

But in a related development, IPOB, claimed in a statement issued in Umuahia, to have deployed 16 drones to capture activities at the event. According to the group’s spokesman, Emma Powerful, IPOB flew the drones to prove that they are conscious of the security of their people “and we mean serious business.”

A part of it read: “On Thursday, security agents removed CCTV cameras mounted in and around Umuahia especially those ones in our leader’s compound. IPOB started displaying our drones since Tuesday, February 11, to show the world how wicked and murderous Nigerian government is and to show those in support of Nigeria security operatives around the world that we can do whatever we put our mind to do if we want.

“IPOB has 16 of it in our custody. We greet and congratulate Biafrans all over the world particularly IPOB family members across the globe for their support and encouragement towards this burial.”

It alleged that the Nigeria Army, yesterday, hijacked three buses conveying mourners to Kanu’s home members. In the press statement made available to Saturday Sun, Powerful disclosed that the bus was hijacked at Ubakala junction, on Enugu -Igweocha road by soldiers. The group called for the release of their members in the interest of peace.

He said: “There are confirmed reports that three Toyota Coaster buses conveying mourners to Afaraukwu were hijacked by Nigerian soldiers at Ubakala Junction. We hope the world can see what these uniformed oppressors are doing and duly taking note for future reference.”

Reacting, the Nigeria Army dismissed the allegation, stating that it was not true. Speaking with our reporter, one of the commanders who asked that his name be not mentioned in print said: “we didn’t arrest anybody. If there was an arrest, it could be the police, which were solely responsible for security in Umuahia today.”

Contacted, the Abia State Commissioner of Police, Ene Okon, told Saturday Sun that the command arrested four persons with guns, in tricycle, and there was nothing to show that they were IPOB members.

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Re: Umuahia shut down as Kanu’s parents are interred amid heavy security

By: dayan (M) |Time : February 15, 2020, 05:06:09 AM
My observation is that there appeared to have been an agreement between the Kanu family and the IPOB/other Biafran agitators not to flout the police directive that no Biafran flag should be flown at that venue.
That must have helped in no small measure to ensure a peaceful burial.

Again, another way to think of it is that prominent Igbo leaders that attended (people like Sen Abaribe, ex-Gov. Peter Obi, Sen Adighije, and Sen Victor Umeh) would find themselves in awkward position if Biafran flags were flown there as IPOB had threatened earlier.
So, it seems that maturity and wisdom prevailed in the end.

IPOB still showed up in their numbers as they promised.

Next, I shall look at the event from a political angle. ..

Re: Umuahia shut down as Kanu’s parents are interred amid heavy security

By: dayan (M) |Time : February 15, 2020, 05:15:49 AM
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A motley crowd of sympathisers from different parts of Igbo land trooped to Afaraukwu to pay their last respect to the deceased.

No, it was NOT a "motley crowd", unless you call thousands of people "motley crowd".

And NO, the mourners did not only come from Igbo land. They came from (from the interview I saw) Rivers state, Akwa Ibom State, Delta State, and of course the South East.

The video of this event will be fully posted online in the days and weeks ahead, so this narrative of painting the thing as an "Igbo affair" is dishonest.

Perhaps a more accurate way to describe it is to call it a "Biafran affair". According to "Biafran TV" on Youtube that I watched, the mourners came from as far as (apart from Akwa Ibom and Rivers) Igbanke, Itsekiri, Idoma, and Igala. Some of them spoke on camera in their own languages at the event.

Re: Umuahia shut down as Kanu’s parents are interred amid heavy security

By: dayan (M) |Time : February 15, 2020, 05:17:22 AM
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Many mourners from the Southeast and South-South zones of the country majority of whom were suspected to be IPOB members attended the burial but without any Biafra flag or IPOB insignia.

YES, that is true.

Re: Umuahia shut down as Kanu’s parents are interred amid heavy security

By: dayan (M) |Time : February 15, 2020, 05:20:17 AM
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Meanwhile, all the five Southeast governors stayed away from the burial. Neither did any of them send officials to represent the state government nor send condolence messages to the family, at the event which witnessed a mammoth crowd.

Yes, it was a MAMMOTH CROWD and YES the South East governors did not attend nor did they send representatives.

Re: Umuahia shut down as Kanu’s parents are interred amid heavy security

By: dayan (M) |Time : February 15, 2020, 05:23:41 AM
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Reacting on the absence of the Southeast governors, the Leader of Movement for the Actualization Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Uchenna Madu, said it doesn’t speak well for an event that was supposed to be an Igbo affair. He also criticized the fact that no notable serving politician from Umuahia attended the burial. The MASSOB leader, however, commended Obi, Abaribe and Umeh, who he described as the true Igbo leaders.

Again NO, it was NOT supposed to be an "Igbo affair", and this mistake is partly why MASSOB died a natural death and IPOB took over leadership of the Biafran struggle.

As for the South East governors and other politicians from the area, I will give my 2 kobo opinion next ...

Re: Umuahia shut down as Kanu’s parents are interred amid heavy security

By: dayan (M) |Time : February 15, 2020, 05:46:33 AM
This is strictly my personal opinion and not that of anyone anywhere...

It is my "educated opinion" that the South East governors missed a golden opportunity which will NOT easily present anytime again in these fast fleeting days of political evolution in Eastern Nigeria (current south south and south east).

If anything, these governors' absence betrays their lack of political foresight and sagacity.

Political sagacity is the only thing that secures a politician's future whether they continue to be active or not in politics.

Some of them already have a very bad reputation with the youths of the area, and this event would have allowed them to at least show the youths that they are not their enemy.

I took time to study the crowd that attended this event, and I'd say that overwhelming majority of them are YOUTHS (between the ages of 18 and 34). And they are predominantly MALE. The IPOB members, whether the governors accept it or not are the future of the East. And that future is just around the corner.

The politicians that attended see this point that I make here, and they are indeed among the most clever and wise Eastern politicians alive today.

The governors will leave office soon, and will join the rest of society, while the current youths will drag them (ex-governors by then) kicking and screaming across into a "Biafra" designed, fought for, and realized by the youths.

The future of Eastern Nigeria will be designed and implemented by current day youths of Eastern Nigeria. FACT.

So, these governors demonstrated incredible lack of wisdom by staying away and not even sending reps.

Methinks that attending the event was the cleverest way to first of all demonstrate superior maturity to the IPOB youths, (like Peter Obi and others did), and to warm (or worm) their ways into the hearts of these youths, to at least slow down their rapid march to "Biafra".

It would have secured them a communication line with the youths, in case of future.

Now, these youths will simply categorize them "saboteurs" and basically paint them in the worst image.

I wonder whether these governors actually have WISE and INTELLIGENT POLITICAL advisers.

I know that most of them have baggages, but by doing what they did, they demonstrated that they also lack vision and courage.

If outside political leaders (politicians from North or West for example) see that they lack connection with the "legs on the ground" (obviously the youths), these politicians will become political lepers.

Who would trust a man with baggages who also lack legs on the ground?
Methinks, NO ONE.

Re: Umuahia shut down as Kanu’s parents are interred amid heavy security

By: dayan (M) |Time : February 15, 2020, 06:10:36 AM
One of the videos that captured the event.


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