The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) said no level of intimidation by the Nigerian Army can stopped the planned burial of Nnamdi Kanu’s parents.
The group accused the army of abandoning their primary responsibilities of protecting the citizens of the country against aggression to begin intimidating and harassing innocent members of Nnamdi Kanu’s community.
According to statement made available to newsmen in Owerri by the publicity secretary of IPOB, 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.
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.”
“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.