The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said it will not be intimidated by the activities of the Nigerian Army ahead of the planned burial of Nnamdi Kanu’s parents.
The group accused the army of neglecting its primary responsibilities of protecting the citizens of the country against aggression to begin intimidating and harassing innocent members of Nnamdi Kanu’s community.
IPOB in a statement made available to newsmen in Owerri by its publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, however, vowed that no amount of intimidation will stop it from forging ahead with the planned burial of Kanu’s parents – late HRH Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and his wife late Ugoeze Sally Nmeme Okwu-Kanu.
Naija News recalls the burial is scheduled to take place on Valentine’s day – February 14, 2020.
The statement said: “We continue to draw the attention of the civilised world to the incessant harassment, humiliation, intimidation of Afaraukwu community in Umuahia-Ibeku by the very lazy and shameless Nigerian Army, whose stock in trade is to terrorise innocent civilians.”
“In the history of world military, the brazen and cowardly display of military might in Isiama Afaraukwu by Nigerian Army as Boko Haram and other Fulani sponsored terror groups to wreak havoc on defenceless citizens is confirmation that Buratai and his men are not true soldiers but mere terrorists with constitutional backing.”
Powerful also alleged the Nigerian Army fled from terrorists and bandits in some parts of the country and are now focused on disturbing peaceful communities.
“This is because real soldiers fight wars not terrorising innocent civilians preparing for the burial ceremony. If they don’t already know this, let the hierarchy of the Nigerian military know they are the laughing stock of the world.
“An army roundly defeated in the battlefield, its officers pursued, captured and beheaded by a band of ill-equipped combatants but take pride in showcasing its intimidatory might in peaceful enclaves in the height is an army of cowards devoid of ideas.”
“What Buratai and his soldiers are doing in Umuahia is no different from what terrorists are doing in the North East of Nigeria. They invade peaceful communities, killing, pillaging, destroying and kidnapping people at will.”
In his submission, the IPOB official also accused the military of carrying out illegal activities hiding under constitutional provisions and backings.
“The same template Boko Haram and other Fulani sponsored murder squads are operating under in the north is exactly what the Nigerian Army is doing in the East.”
“The Nigerian Army fled the battlefields of the North, abandoned their constitutional duty to fight armed insurgency but instead turned their armoured tanks and troops on Afaraukwu community because of a burial ceremony.”
He then reiterated that IPOB has vowed that it is going ahead with the preparations for the burial activities not minding the threats from the soldiers.
“We wish to notify the world that preparations for the burial of our leader’s parents are going ahead as planned. The Nigerian Army is wasting their time and valuable resources in trying to stop something they know they are incapable of stopping. Burial of the dead is a right older than man itself.
“Nigeria government and her soldiers are shameless and downright disgraceful and their refusal to confront armed Fulani insurgency and Boko Haram menace in the north but instead chose to focus their attention on a burial ceremony in Afaraukwu is indicative of the misplaced priorities at the heart of this APC regime which has directly led to the deterioration of security situation across Nigeria.
“Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen, Miyetti Allah Bandits, ISIS in West Africa, Al-Queda in the Maghreb are dutifully waiting for Buratai and his warriors to engage them in battle in the north; that is the real security problem facing Nigeria not the burial of His Royal Majesty Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and his wife.
“How can the government of Nigeria justify the deployment of soldiers to the venue of a funeral while terrorists are busy making the lives of law-abiding citizens a misery.
“We are reminding the APC government in Aso Rock and their cowardly soldiers to return to the North to fight Boko Haram terrorists and leave IPOB and Afaraukwu community alone. Nigerian soldiers and their supporters must be ashamed of themselves.
“One thing is certain, come 14 February 2020, the parents of our leader will be laid to rest. APC regime, Nigerian Army and their badly informed supporters cannot stop IPOB from restoring the sovereign state of Biafra within the shortest possible time by the grace of God,” Powerful assured.