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19 Sep 2017

IPOB: I won’t dethrone Kanu’s father – Ikpeazu

The Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, said on Tuesday he would not dethrone the father of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, over the group’s activities.

Kanu’s father, Eze Israel, is the traditional ruler of Isiama Afaraukwu in Umuahia.

The activities of IPOB in recent times had been threatening the lives and properties of residents in Abia and Igbos in other parts of the country.
That had also led to the deployment of security personnel to Umuahia and proscription of IPOB.

Speaking with State House correspondents after meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the governor said he would separate the father from the son in handling the matter.

He said: “I clearly separate Kanu from his father. The processes of handling traditional institutions are enshrined in the laws of our land. And traditional rulers who are members of our constituency have leadership and they will do the needful at the appropriate time.

“But for me, I think there is a clear division between Nnamdi Kanu and his father.”

On the activities of IPOB, Ikpeazu added: “But if you are referring to what happened in the past one week. Nigerians know that for some time now that this group called IPOB was agitating for a separate nation called Biafra and that the home state of the leader of that group is Abia State.

“As expected, when such things happen there is an interface between some members of that group and the military, and the theater was Abia State.

“And some people attempted to hijack that event to conflagrate our country. To the glory of God the rest is history, we are still working to stabilize the fragile peace in the region.

“I thank God also for the instruments he used to keep our country as one. We are humbled by the privileges.”

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