‘I’m prepared for the worst’, says Victor Umeh as he storms Umuahia for burial of Kanu’s parents
By Steve Oko, Umuahia
Former National President of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, Senator Umeh , Friday said he was “prepared for the worst” as he stormed Umuahia the Abia State capital for the burial ceremony of the late parents of the Leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.
The former senator representing Anambra Central made the declaration while fielding questions from newsmen at the Anglican Church Afaraukwu where the funeral church service was held for the deceased.
Chief Umeh said he came to identify with the bereaved family as demanded by the Igbo tradition “because it takes the living to bury the dead “.
Umeh who noted that his presence at the event was to commiserate with the family, said he was not bothered about whatever consequences that could follow.
He said the late Eze Israel Kanu, and his wife, Lolo Sally Kanu lived a life of legacy and deserved a befitting burial and final respect.
He prayed God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the “double loss “.
The APGA boss expressed joy at the peaceful atmosphere that pervaded the ceremony contrary to reports of tension and frenzy in town.
He described as unnecessary the altercations and war of words between the police and IPOB which he noted, scared some people from showing up at the burial.
Other prominent dignitaries at the church service include : former governor of Anambra State and the Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP at the 2019 poll, Mr. Peter Obi; and Senator representing Abia South zone, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.
Present also at the church service were Senator Chris Adighije, former Nigeria Ambassador to Brazil, Chief Empire Kanu ; former Speaker, Abia House of Assembly and member representing Ikwuano/Umuahia federal constituency, Rt. Hon Stanley Ohajuruka; and Chief Tony Ukasanya.