Ohanézè Ndígbo Youth Council Worldwide (OYC) on Friday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to pardon Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), to allow him entry into the country and attend his parent’s burial.
President General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro and Secretary, Okwu Nnabuike, made the recommendation in a joint statement.
Kanu had since 2017 scampered out of the country when the Nigerian Army invaded his country home in Umuahia, Abia State, to re-arrest him.
His parents are expected to be laid to rest next weekend and it appears that the IPOB leader may not be part of the burial proceedings following his pending case with the federal government.
Kanu’s mother had earlier last year passed away before his father, Eze I. Ọ. Kanu, died few months after.
As the funereal ceremony holds, the Ohanézè Youths have expressed worry over the continued presence of the Army in the area, stressing that it might affect the burial.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide is worried about the military Presence at Kanu’s Village, Afaraukwu Umuahia, Abia State few days to the burial of HRM Eze I O Kanu and his wife.
“We appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to consider the international damage it will cause to the reputation and image of Nigeria to the outside World, as int’l Community are watching keenly to see if there will be any form of Human Rights violations and Abuses by Nigeria’s Military before, during and after the burial rites of the Igbo Paramount Ruler and His wife by next weekend’, the group said.