Few months after the death of his mother, Nnamdi Kanu, Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has also lost his father.
Israel Okwu Kanu who was a traditional ruler of Afaraukwu Community in Umuahia, Abia State, was confirmed dead by the IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful, in a statement on Friday.
The circumstances surrounding the death of Israel Kanu, who is the father of Nnamdi Kanu and also the traditional ruler of Afaraukwu community of Umuahia in Abia State, were, however, not disclosed by the group.
In the release announcing Isreal Kanu’s demise, IPOB blamed the military and the assault on his family for the death. It added that Israel Kanu’s death was quickened by the death of his wife.
The statement said, “He joined his ancestors as a result of health complications arising from the trauma of the invasion of his palace by Nigerian soldiers on September 14, 2017 and most recently over the shock of the sudden death of his wife Ugoeze Sally Nmeme Okwu Kanu.
“We are left in no doubt the military attack on Isiama Afaraukwu and the Kanu family by the armed forces of the Federal Government of Nigeria is the principal cause of death of our leader’s parents. We confidently state, without fear of contradiction, that our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu have also sacrificed his parents in pursuit of freedom for the people of Biafra. There is no greater act of devotion to a noble cause than this.”
He added that, “Rather than weaken or diminish our resolve to restore Biafra, the passing of our leader’s parents will infuse us with a greater sense of determination because only by accomplishing the liberation of Biafra will we truly mourn them.”