Leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, on Thursday expressed deep sadness over his inability to attend the burial of his parents in his hometown, Afaraukwu Ibeku in Abia State, on Friday
He also apologised for threatening to kill the children of the Abia State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ene Okon, if any IPOB member is hurt during the ceremonies.
Already, the military has invaded the town and blocked its entrance.
The family had accused the CP of crying wolf needlessly and lying that IPOB had plans to turn the burial into an agitation ceremony.
In several tweets, Kanu wrote: “This Friday, mourners in Biafra will come together to attend the funeral for my beloved parents, Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and Ugoeze Sally Nmenme Kanu.
“During this time of mourning, the Indigenous People of #Biafra are living in a constant state of fear.
“The Abia State Commissioner of Police is threatening to disrupt the funeral and there continues to be a large military presence in the area, which has a history of inflicting violence against the #IPOB.
“This has caused a range of emotions for me. I have now gone from an extreme sense of sadness after losing both of my parents, to an extreme sense of anger knowing that the mourners are in grave danger.
“In this time of immense grieving and anger, I made threats against the children of the Police Commissioner and other Nigerian officials on my radio program, Radio Biafra.
“This was wrong and I sincerely apologize. Children should always be off limits.
“It was my intention to bring global awareness to the threats and imminent danger the Government has placed on my family and community in hopes that shining a global spotlight on the actions of the Government will prevent them from inciting violence against my people.
” In doing so, I went too far.
” It is my great hope that the Indigenous People of Biafra can mourn in peace on Friday and can live in peace every single day forward.”