Eze Gideon Ejike, the traditional ruler of Orlu in Imo state, has reportedly appealed to the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to allow the leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, to return to Nigeria for the burial of his mother.
Concise News understands that Kanu had announced the death of his mother, Ugoeze Sally Nmeme, on Sunday, October 22. She was said to have died in Germany on 30 August.
But it is uncertain whether the pro-Biafra activist would return to Nigeria to attend the burial of his late mother after he jumped bail by sneaking out of the country in late 2017 when the Nigerian Army was carrying out Operation Python Dance in the southeast.
Kanu, facing trial for alleged treason among other charges, had been granted bail in April 2017 by a federal high court sitting in Abuja.
“Kanu is not a terrorist. Terrorists kill but we are yet to see any bloodshed by Kanu,” the monarch, who spoke at an event on Thursday, argued.
“He is our hero and should be allowed to bury his mother before the beginning of next year.
“He deserves the honour and right as the first son to bury his mother.”
The royal father also called on the United Nations to prevail on the Buhari government to allow Kanu to visit home for the burial of his mother without harassment from law enforcement agencies.