The Indigenous of People of Biafra (IPOB) has vowed not to succumb to pressure by the military to stop its members from attending the burial of the parents of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The proscribed group said it was aware of the numerous plans and strategies of the military troops deployed to the region in preparation for the burial of the deceased, who it referred to as its “first parents”.
In a statement on Wednesday by the Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, the group described the presence of Nigerian army and police as an insult to the people of Biafra and the Igbo race in particular.
The pro-Biafran group warned the military to steer clear of the burial venue, just at it cautioned mourners attending the ceremony to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the noble ideals of its ancestors.
The statement partly reads: “We the global family of the Indigenous of People of Biafra (IPOB) wish to reiterate in clear and unambiguous terms that what Nigerian police and army are planning to do in Afaraukwu during the burial of Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and his wife on Friday 14th of February 2020 will set-off a chain reaction that Nigeria will never recover from.
“Common arbitrary arrest of any mourner this week Friday is capable of inciting a disproportionate reaction from angry mourners. IPOB is warning all agents of Nigerian government in Biafraland, traitors and caliphate slaves alike that what will befall CP Okon will also be their portion should shots be fired in Afaraukwu. The era of Nigerian army and police shooting innocent mourners in Biafraland has come to an end