A social group, Imeobi Igbo Forum, has pleaded that Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, should not attend the burial ceremonies of his parents to avoid unpleasant consequences.
At a media briefing yesterday in Onitsha, Anambra State, Chief Mike Ikegulu-Onugha, national chairman of the group, said the absence of Kanu would not affect the burial rites and programme.
“Kanu should steer clear of the burial arena until all the issues are resolved. He should wait until the coast is clear for him to come back. “The dead must be buried whether Nnamdi is around or not. If he comes home, it is an opportunity for those who are looking for him to get him.”
He sympathised with Kanus over the death of their parents and urged them to take heart. “In all struggles, stories like this come up. These are stories that will be told better in life.”
Meanwhile, leaders in Kanu’s community have stated that IPOB would not play any role in the burial of the late king and wife.
Ikechukwu Ndubueze, president-general, Isiama Afaraukwu autonomous community, told newsmen that the community wants their monarch and wife to be buried peacefully.
He said the burial does not have anything to do with Biafra agitation and pleaded with the federal government to withdraw soldiers deployed in the community as their presence had heightened tension in the community.