Former minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode has expressed his displeasure towards the heavy security patrol in the home town of the IPOB leader Maazi Nnamdi Kanu ahead of Feb 14th.
He wrote :
It is utterly shameful that the Federal Goverment will not allow my friend and brother Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s parents to be buried in peace.
The security agencies have been deployed to his hometown in full force and IPOB members have been told by the police not to attend their leaders’ parent’s burial. This is unacceptable and it is nothing but pure wickedness.
I hereby make a solemn and humble appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government. Do NOT shed the blood of ANY mourner during the burial ceremony of Nnamdi Kanu’s parents.
The funeral rites must NOT be desecrated by the spilling of innocent blood or violence. They deserve to be buried in peace and with honor and dignity.
I urge you to be reasonable, rational, gentle, respectful, kind and restrained knowing that those that shall attend the funeral in person and indeed millions from all over the world that will be watching it on television are in mourning and are burying their dead. It is a painful and difficult time for them.
I counsel you NOT to provoke or attempt to intimidate them or start something that will create more tension in the country and possibly spark off a major crisis in the east.
The Governors of the South-East and particularly Governor Umahi of Ebonyi and Governor Ugwainyi of Enugu, have done a good job when it comes to security in their respective states.
They have done a lot of work quietly behind closed doors and behind the scenes to protect their people from the barbaric criminals and the savage foreign invaders and secure their safety. I can testify to that and I have seen evidence of it.
We do not want anyone or any group of people from outside the zone who have never wished the people of the South East (or indeed the South) well and who want the entire zone to be thrown into a major crisis, chaos and turmoil to take advantage of the situation and use the opportunity of the burial to start killing people and undermine all their efforts.
My prayer is that everyone sees sense in what I am saying, that we are all extremely careful, that we all sheath our swords and that His Royal Highness Eze Israel Kanu and Her Royal Highness Ugoeze Nnene Kanu are given a grand, befitting and peaceful burial.
May their beautiful souls rest in peace and may God comfort my friend and brother Nnamdi Kanu, his entire family, the people of Isiama Afara, the people of Abia state and the people of the South East for this terrible loss.
Permit me to end with the following.
If an Emir and his wife died and were to be buried would the security forces threaten to kill those that intend to attend their funeral and scatter the whole place simply because their son is wanted by the FG?
Is it because HRH Eze Kanu and his wife are Igbo? Please stop this nonsense!