IKPEAZU HAS NOT VISITED MY FATHER’S PALACE SINCE HIS DISAPPEARANCE KANU.
Chinwe Ugele, Umuahia.
Younger brother to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), Prince Emmanuel has said that since the invasion of the father’s palace by the Nigerian military over a year ago at Isiama Afaraukwu in Umuahia North LGA of Abia state and disappearance of their parents, governor Okezie Ikpeazu is yet to visit the palace or ask for their whereabouts.
Nnamdi Kanu’s father, His Royal Highness Eze Israel Kanu is the traditional ruler of Isiama Afaraukwu community whose whereabouts remain unknown to his subjects over a year ago.
He complained that he was yet to set his eyes on his parents since after the Military’s operation python dance II raid.
Emmanuel said this while conducting the Abia State gubernatorial candidate of Young Progressive Party, YPP Ngozi Nkoro, his running mate, Prince Okpere Udo; YPP state Chairman, Mr. Uzo Nwoko; and other top leaders of the party, who visited the palace of HRM, Eze Israel Kanu at Afaraukwu, Umuahia on condolence trip, round the palace.
Prince Emmanuel Kanu, said it is more painful with the community being the host of the government house in umuahia .
He lamented that Nigeria had no regards for Ndigbo wondering why his father’s palace would be invaded “without provocation.”
According to him, “Nigeria is not a nation but a country without common value system and cannot work together”.
He narrated how unarmed Biafran agitators guarding the
compound were murdered by the soldiers, revealing that over 28 agitators including his cousin were killed within the compound besides others who escaped with bullet wounds and later died in the bush.
He said they carted away various foodstuffs and property of his father during the raid.
He urged the YPP governorship candidate to spread the story of his findings to others.
Responding, the Abia State governorship candidate of the YPP, Mr. Ngozi Nkoro, said he came to condole with the palace and Afaraukwu community over the military invasion of the area during the Operation Python Dance ll, and
subsequent raids by security operatives.
The YPP standard bearer strongly
condemned the raid on the palace which he said amounted to desecration of the traditional institution.
Nkoro expressed shock that the Abia State Government was yet to identify with the palace since after the raid and the disappearance of the traditional ruler and pleaded with Gov Okezie Ikpeazu to spare no efforts in finding the whereabouts of Kanu’s father and restore him to his throne.
He wondered why the government should not show any regard for the traditional institution and vowed to change the narrative if voted into power.
On his part, the Traditional Prime Minister of Afaraukwu community, Chief
Chimechefulam Odoemelam said things had not remained the same in the community since the
disappearance of their monarch.
He said a lot of innocent lives were lost during the military raid on the palace and appealed to government to help them locate the whereabouts of their missing king and his wife.
Odoemelam who prayed God to give the state a true leader and not a ruler, however said the community would not stop any party or candidate from coming to solicit for support in the
area, while thanking the YPP
guber flagbearer for identifying