NewsOne Nigeria reports that the governor of Abia state, southeast Nigeria, Okezie Ikpeazu, has given the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, 21 days to return to Nigeria or lose the kingship of the Ibeku Kingdom.
The Abia Governor made this comment while addressing journalists in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, where he lamented that the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari has abandoned Abia state because of the IPOB leader.
NewsOne Nigeria reports that the IPOB Leader is from Isiama Afara Ukwu Ibeke community, Umuahia, Abia State. Kanu who is a Prince has been on exile since he resurfaced in Israel two years ago. He lost his parents last year.
Nnamdi Kanu failed to attend the burial of his parents, Eze Israel Okwu Kanu (JP) and Ugoeze Nnenne Kanu. His father, Eze Kanu was the king of Isiama Afara Ukwu, however, since his burial, the kingdom has remained without a king as Kanu’s younger brother cannot be crowned a king according to the tradition when Nnamdi Kanu is still alive.
Reacting to Nnamdi Kanu’s continuous refusal to return to Nigeria, Governor Ikpeazu lamented that the IPOB Leader “committed an offence and ran away before the unfortunate death of his father,” an offence he said has cost Abia State a lot.
Governor Ikpeazu said: ”I have decided to take the final decision as the executive Governor of Abia state.
“Nnamdi Kanu has done harms to Abia State! He is the reason I didn’t develop Abia and complete some of the projects I promised to do because each time I go to the FG to demand money, they always tell me that my state is harbouring Terrorists.
“Nnamdi committed an offence and ran away before the unfortunate death of his father. Now it’s time to take a decision.
“If after 21 days from now and he fails to come back and be crowned the king of Ibeku, I will have no option than to appoint a king myself and whoever I appoint must remain till I leave the office.
“I am the most powerful man in Abia and whatever decision I take must stand,” he said on Nnamdi Kanu.