he leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is likely to miss his parents burial scheduled for February 14, 2020.
Following the announcement that the burial of HRH Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and his wife late Ugoeze Sally Nmeme Okwu-Kanu, IPOB leader parents, the group said it cannot confirm if its leader will be in attendance.
Announcing the burial date, Comrade Emma Powerful, IPOB’s spokesperson said: “IPOB worldwide wish to announce to the world, particularly Biafrans, friends of Biafra, lovers of freedom and with regard for the protocol of the Afaraukwu Eze-in-Council that February 14, 2020 will be the burial date of our leader’s parents at Eze Sir Israel Okwu Kanu’s Palace in Isiama Afaraukwu Ibeku, Umuahia Abia State capital.”
Powerful further said in the statement that the burial ceremony slated to hold on Valentine’s Day will begin with procession and preparations in line with ancient customs and tradition.
He said though the leadership of the group cannot confirm the possibility of Nnamdi Kanu attending, arrangements are being put in place to ensure that the ceremony is held in a secure and safe atmosphere.
“IPOB leadership will not be disclosing any information and have not disclosed any information regarding the likely attendance or not of our leader to this event.
“The movement and anticipated presence of our leader in his home during this period is yet to be finalised and as such, no confirmation or otherwise will be issued to that effect.
“IPOB High Command will determine under what circumstance any announcement will be made in the future.
“However, arrangements are being put in place to ensure the ceremony is held in a secure and safe atmosphere.
“IPOB is a peaceful movement and hope to maintain this approach until Biafra is completely restored.
“We are inviting every media outlet, local and international, print and electronic to be present in Isiama-Afaraukwu on that day.”