President Muhammadu Buhari has been called on by the Ohanaeze Youth Council Worldwide to grant the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, presidential pardon to come home for his parent’s burial.
The group noted that the international community is watching the Nigerian government on Kanu parent’s burial.
OYC advised President Buhari to pull out the military from Afaraukwu, the hometown of the IPOB leader.
The Igbo group stated this in a statement signed by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro President-General of the OYC and Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, its Secretary-General.
OYC stated that it is worried about the presence of the military at the village of Kanu, few days to the burial of his parents.
They noted that any plan to abuse the human rights of people of the community during the burial would cause damage to the reputation of President Buhari and Nigeria in the international scene.
According to OYC, the international community is “watching keenly to see if there will be any form of human rights violations and abuses by Nigeria’s Military before, during and after the burial rites next Weekend.”
“Buhari should pull out military and accord the last respect for the late King by granting permission and presidential pardon to Nnamdi Kanu to return and bury his parents according to Igbo tradition and culture.”
“There’s nothing amiss if President Buhari in person or through high power delegation attend and send a condolence message to the people of Afaraukwu Umuahia on the Demise of their Paramount Ruler and his wife.”
“Such presidential gesture will portray him as a good father of the nation, irrespective of the self-evident of IPOB’s stance on self-determination and injustice melted by systematic structure against Igbos after 50 years of Biafra War Civil.”
“The presidential pardon to Kanu and release of other Biafra agitators in detention and sending a delegation to the burial will be applauded by both International Community and Nigerians at home.”
“[This] will attract more respect for President Buhari, as such Presidential gesture granted to Bashorun MKO Abiola, to appease the Yorubas should be applied now to restore more confidence of Igbos in this regime… what’s good to the goose is also good for the Gander.”
“OYC salute Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for the kind gesture granted to the Afaraukwu Umuahia community through the appeal made by the President-General and the Prime Minister of the Community for solid road construction for the community in preparation for the late Paramount Ruler HRM Eze Kanu and his wife burial.”
“OYC urge other Southeast Governors to rebuild the palace destroyed during the Operation Python Dance.”
“We urge Biafra agitators to slow down on any action that might attract negative stories during the burial. There should be no display of Biafra flags and Uniforms, protests and other things that might give security agents the impetus to wade in and wreak havoc during the burial.”
“OYC console Ndigbo and Kanu Family on the demise of the Paramount Ruler HRM Eze Kanu and his wife. May God grant them the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss.”
Author: Enioluwa Adeniyi