As the remains of HRH Eze Israel Kanu and his wife, Ugoeze Sally Kanu were finally laid to rest today, heavy presence of security, a motley crowd, an array of dignitaries and the conspicuous absence of Nnamdi Kanu colored the royal funeral at Afaraukwu Community in Abia State.
The peaceful burial of the monarch and his wife has not only come with a sigh of relief following the tensions that characterized the build up to event, some analysts of Igbo culture have begun to unearth some consequences that may now confront the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB for abdicating the traditional roles of an Opkala (first born) to his younger brother during funeral rites of his parents.
Giving his opinion on the matter, an Igbo man, Emeka Justin Okwuka said :” In Igbo land, he who performed the burial rite of a dead parent/relative inherits his property.”
Referring to a the picture of a young man who appears to have stood in the place of Nnamdi Kanu to perform the rites of a first born Emeka Justin asked : “Is this guy with the Sword of his father about to inherit the position of his father because his senior brother went awol ?”
In a different twist, another Igbo man, Obinna NwosuIt opined that “It is not as striaght in words as it is in the spirit…. For that to happen, there must be proof of willful absence….. In a situation where the rights were deliberately delegated or assigned to another for want of safety or inevitable circumstances, such does neither apply nor happen.”
Recall that there were rumours about the possibility of Nnamdi attending the burial of his parents as the first son according to the customs and traditions of the community, but the fear of being arrested by the security operatives after being declared wanted by the federal government may have prevented him from being present at the burial ceremony.
Meanwhile, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has commended security agents and pro-Biafra groups for orderly conduct and peaceful disposition during the burial of the traditional ruler of Afaraukwu Umuahia Ibeku, Late Eze Isreal Kanu and wife, Ugoeze Sally Kanu.
SDN, YAR’ADUA Foundation Empowers Communities with Budget Tracking Skills
To help bridge the accountability and engagement gap between public institutions and communities in the Niger Delta, the Stakeholder Democracy Network, SDN organized a two-day workshop on “Participatory Budgeting at The Aldgate Congress Hotel in Port Harcourt.
Sponsored by the Yar’Adua Foundation, the workshop took place on the 12th and 13th of February, drawing participants from the public service, community-based organizations and the media.
In the lively and participatory sessions of the two-day workshop which included pieces of training and group exercises, attendees were equipped with the rudiments of budget formulation, enactment, tracking, audit and evaluation, with particular focus on state and local governments.
Workshop trainer, Kelechi Justin Amaechi emphasized the need for citizens, community leaders and community-based organizations to acquire the needed information on budgeting to enable them to engage the processes effectively.
He said the involvement of the citizenry in the budgeting and other decision-making processes builds trust and strengthens democracy, as community people take ownership and protect public projects owing to their deliberate efforts at debating and influencing the siting of projects that directly responds to the most pressing needs of the community.
Participants who spoke with FR News at the end of the workshop expressed gratitude to SDN and the Yar’Adua Foundation for the opportunity to be empowered with the right skills to contribute towards the development of their communities and the larger society as they will now be able contributes towards the nomination of projects that meet community needs , monitor to ensure projects are executed according to specifications and also help to prevent duplication of projects by government agents and other service providers.
SDN is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization based in the Niger Delta and providing support for those affected by the extractive industry and weak governance since it was established in 2004.
After burial of parents, Nnamdi Kanu reveals next line of action for Biafra
Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has vowed that with his parents now out of the way, the struggle for the actualisation of Biafra will know no bounds.
Writing on Facebook on Saturday, Kanu also thanked members of the IPOB who defied all threats to attend the burial and “shamed” those he described as “enemies.”
Nnamdi Kanu boasted that “even the satan is afraid” of the IPOB.
Kanu’s parents, HRH Eze Israel Kanu and his wife, Ugoeze Sally Kanu who died last year were laid to rest on Friday in their royal compound in Afaraukwu community, Abia State.
The IPOB leader was absent during the burial ceremony of his parents and was last seen in Nigeria on September 10, 2017 after some soldiers invaded his residence in Afaraukwu community in Abia State