Naija News reports that Eze Kanu’s death was confirmed by the traditional council of his community led by Edward Ibeabuchi.
One of his sons, Emmanuel, also confirmed the demise of his father but the IPOB leader, Kanu is yet to issue a statement regarding this.
Naija News reports that the late Eze Kanu was the traditional ruler of Afara Ukwu Umuahia community till his death.
This online news platform understands that his death is coming four months after his wife, Ugoeze Sally Kanu, died in Germany.
Reacting to the news of Eze Kanu’s death, John Okiyi Kalu, the Abia State Commissioner for information, described the death as a huge loss to the state.
His words: “It was with rude shock that we learned of the passing on of one of our great royal fathers, HRM Eze Sir I.O. Kanu, the Egwu Ukwu II of Afaraukwu Ibeku, at the age of 86 years.
“His unwavering love and sterling contributions to the development of his community in particular, and Abia State, in general, are well documented. No doubt, HRM left a lasting legacy and an indelible impression on the minds of Ndigbo everywhere in the world.
“Death is not the end of man but a necessary passage to a better place in eternity where there is no strife, sorrow or pain. Indeed, Papa has only gone to that better place.
“This should be our consolation so that his beloved family and the community he left behind do not continue to weep since we all know that he is resting peacefully now.
“As a government, we assure the family of late Eze Sir I.O. Kanu and Afaraukwu community of our continued support in all ways we can to help ameliorate the pains of his departure.”
Meanwhile, Eze Kanu was last seen in the public in September 2017, the month a detachment of soldiers raided his palace in Afaraukwu community, Abia State, Southeast Nigeria.