Top Igbo Socio-cultural Youth group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, has on Tuesday, warned the Nigerian police and the army against making any attempts to disrupt the burial of the parents of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, which is scheduled for February 14th.
The group made their warning public in a statement which was jointly signed by the President-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, and the Secretary-General, Okwu Nnabuike.
They warned the police not to incur the wrath of the group by attempting to arrest their leader on that day.
This warning is coming after the Commissioner of Police, Mr Ene Okon, had informed newsmen that the police would react if the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu, attended the event slated for Friday.
The group incited by the commissioner’s utterances warned him against making such provoking statements. They also asked him to withdraw the statement and tender an unreserved apology to the IPOB.
The group said:
”We wish to remind security agents that Igbo customs and traditions demand that certain positive rituals are carried out especially during burial rites of any Igbo paramount ruler, which does not require the presence of strangers and non-Igbo.”
“As such police, army and other paramilitary forces should vacate Umuahia to avert avoidable a clash with youths doing traditional rituals in honour of the late king.
“Finally, OYC urge Biafra agitators especially IPOB members to join other sympathizers of the late Family of the paramount ruler of Afaraukwu community late HRM Eze Isaac Kanu, to be of good conduct and avoid using anything that would jeopardize the process of according the king and queen the befitting burial rites.”