Editor, Umuahia.

The Lover’s burial,……..


The much talked about and anticipated funeral of the late parents of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi KANU has come and gone with pomp and fanfare.


Eze Kanu, who was the traditional ruler of Isiama Afaraukwu autonomous community with his wife Ugoeze Salome could not survive the trauma they had from the military invasion of their home in 2019 after being on exile for several months in a foreign land.


The duo where whisked out of the palace in the heat of security attacks and later died there months apart with the wife going first.


It was a carnival-like ceremony which attracted persons from far and near and all walks of life.


Senate minority leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, former governor of Anambra state and former national chairman of APGA Victor Umeh were some of the dignitaries present.


The corpses began their journey Friday morning from the mortuary where they had been since arrival from abroad, then to the Umuahia North council headquarters where the traditional rulers of the Local Government Area received them. Then, the convoy moved to the Orie Ogbu market square in Afaraukwu for the traditional ruler to be received by his people.



Next stop was at the palace of late Eze KANU where he and his wife were laid in state for close family members to see. Afterwards, it was straight to St. Andrews Anglican church Afaraukwu where their Christian brethren bade them fare well.



The second son of late Eze KANU, Kingsley read his parent’s funeral oration where he described both as wonderful people while they lived. He extolled his parents so much that the visiting congregants in the church kept responding Iseee!, Iseee!.


There was certainly the presence of policemen within the major places used for the ceremony like the church, union primary school which served as the reception ground and of course within the vicinity of the palace.




At all the venues, the police maintained a reasonable distance unarmed except for those on patrol duties who stopped by from time to time to get situation reports.



Mazi Nnamdi KANU might have missed his parent’s funeral, but he can beat his chest and say that his parents got a befitting one going by the Igbo culture.




There were side attractions as the town remained calm all through.

Chinwe Ugele

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