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The Ibeku Youth Assembly (IYA), aggregate has said that it would display an abnormal resistance to  any endeavor from any quarters  to  dethrone the father of the pioneer of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Eze Israel Kanu.

This came at the heels of an alleged call by another group, the Umuahia Youth Movement members who called on Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to  remove Eze Kanu for not prevailing on his child, Nnamdi, to forego  the tumult for the actualisation of Sovereign territory of Biafra.

 The group pledged to oppose such move by the “faceless” association whom it affirmed was supported by a chieftain of a specific political group in Abia State.

 In an announcement marked by its secretary, Mr. Ihechi Chinedu Zik, and issued to writers in Umuahia, the IYA said that it would not endure such arrangement by ‘corrupt components to remove the profoundly regarded Monarch in Abia State and the nation in general.’

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The youths promised to close down the state capital, Umuahia, if Governor ikpeazu paid attention to the call by the Umuahia Youth Movement  to evacuate Eze Kanu as their conventional ruler

The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to the categorization of IPOB as a terrorist organization by the Nigeria Army.

“We, Ibeku Youth Assembly viewed it as illegal, because since IPOB started its agitations for a sovereign state of Biafra, they have been conducting themselves peacefully without arms.

“So, we wondered how the Army will classify IPOB as terrorist’s group, when the Fulani herdsmen that have killed many innocent citizens of this country have not been labeled as terrorists.

IPOB as we know, has not commit any treasonable act that will warrant the army to pronounce it as terrorist organisation. We appeal to the Army to be cautious in their operation while carrying its activities in Abia State and south east zone in general.

Again, South east is not a war zone.

“Our governors from south east zone met in Enugu and took decision, banning IPOB activities in the region.

In our opinion, we don’t think this is the right time to do it . We believe that the decision banning IPOB in the south east was taken by governors due to their second term ambition.

Because they do not want to identify with IPOB due to fears of losing second term bid election.

“We are calling on Governor Okezie Ikpeazu not to heed to the call by the faceless group that Eze Kanu should be deposed over the Biafra agitation by his son, Nnamdi Kanu.

To our knowledge, Eze Kanu has not done anything wrong”. Nnamdi Kanu agitation for the sovereign state of Biafra is his fundamental rights. So, the question is “where did Eze Kanu go wrong?

” We will resist such move by this group, consists of disgruntled elements who are being sponsored by a politician from a particular political party in Abia State.

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“Any attempt by the state government to remove Eze Kanu will spell doom for the state and we will ensure the state is shut down if such plan is carried out”.

We are also condemning the alleged invasion of the residence of Eze Kanu by soldiers in search of his son, Nnamdi Kani. We call on  President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw soldiers, nicknamed “operation Python Dance 11” from the street of Umuahia following cases of killings by Nigeria Army.

 “We are living in fears due to the heavy presence of soldiers. Umuahia is not a war zone. People are being killed like animals in Umuahia. It is condemnable the unwanton killing of IPOB members, who are only exercising their right.

 ” We are calling on the federal government of Nigeria to toe the path of dialogue rather than unleashing on slaughter against innocent members of IPOB who have never carried arms against government.

Meanwhile, Ibeku Youth Assembly has described as illegal, the labelling of Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) as a terrorist organization by the Nigeria Army.
This is even as the youth body condemned in strong terms, the proscription of IPOB activities in south east zone by the south east Governor’s Forum-led by Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state.


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