The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has reacted to the death of the mother of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Lolo Sally Ugoeze.
Kanu said his late mother saw IPOB as her family and did everything that she could to ensure that the struggle for the Republic of Biafra is what it is today.
The IPOB leader lamented that the events of the “14th of September 2017” (the invasion of his hometown by the Nigerian military), contributed “immensely to her ill-health which unfortunately the doctors were not able to do anything about.”
Describing the late Ugoeze as “caring and compassionate,” Kanu said his mother “watching and seeing how children” were killed – “twenty-eight (28) of them in total” during the clash with the military and “having to see their dead bodies, traumatized her to the extent that she took ill of which she never recovered.”
Reacting to the incident, IPOB in a statement by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, condoled with the Kanu family over the development.
The statement read: “Our heart-felt condolences to the entire IPOB family worldwide but more specifically to our indomitable leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his entire family of His Royal Majesty Sir Eze I. O Kanu (Egwu-ukwu II of Afara-Ukwu) on the passing on to glory of the mother of all mothers, late Lolo Ugoeze Sally Nmeme Okwu-Kanu, the womb that gave birth to the most brave of all, the sagacious, the indefatigable and the unstoppable enigmatic leader of IPOB worldwide, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“IPOB worldwide commiserates with our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and entire family for the irreparable loss and vacuum created by enemy within the family of Biafra, we pray to Almighty God Chukwu Okike Abiama to grant us the fortitude to bear the loss.
“Nne Ugoeze, you are no more physically here with us but your spirit lives on. You shall continue to rest in the bossom of the Most High God (Chukwu Okike Abiama).
“The struggle that you led with your family members cannot be in vain and we assure you that Biafra independence must come. This is to prove to you that we shall not stop nor grow weary until Biafra freedom is totally restored on your behalf and in your honour and that of many others who lost their lives for us to live. The precious family of Eze Okwu Kanu and Biafran families you left behind, we lift them to the Most High God Chukwu Okike Abiama in prayers for total and continued divine favour and protection until freedom is totally celebrated in our life time.”