Update: IPOB; Umuahia youth may have back step on ultimatum/ to dethrone Kanu’s Father

By BnF News Online

It is eight days today since September 17th when the Umuahia Youth Movement, a group in Abia state gave a 24 hours ultimatum for the state government to sack King Israel Kanu, father of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). 

The group wanted Nnamdi Kanu's father dethroned for his alleged failure to call his son to order.
The younger Kanu had in his quest for self actualization of the Igbo people of southeast Nigeria, Kanu former IPOB a group that was later accused of promoting parallel government structures like military and secret police. The groups last major outing was their face off Wol Itu soldiers. 

Interestingly the group gave only 24 hours for the governor to effect the sack or they toe an unspecified line of action against the state. 
Neither the government of Abia nor the palace of  Isiama Afaraukwu
responded to the threat. 
The federal government of Nigeria which said to have been copied in the threat letter had not made any statement to that effect.

Sacking a monarch in Nigeria is a very big deal. 

Though most monarch across the country operate under the local government laws, which makes them directly answerable to the local government council chairman, the Royalty still enjoy extended reverence from the state and federal governments. 

As a matter of fact most local government chairmen would rather visit the palaces ten times a day to pay obeisance than to invite a Royal father to the Secretariat. 

There were stories of deposed monarch in the past. But the ones that are still fresh in mind of some Nigerians was the sack of Sultan Dasuki, father to the former National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki ,who is currently been tried for the role he played in the diversion of $2 billion dollars meant to procure arms for soldiers to fight Book Haram in the last dispensation of Dr Goodluck Jonathan.

Another incident of dethroning a king was that of Bachama Kingdom, His Royal Highness Freddie Soditi Bongo, by the then Adamawa State Government. It was tagged a politically motivated move by government to appease some ethnic controversy. King Bongo was replaced by His Royal Highness Homun Asaph Zadok Goro Ngakye Kuzo-Vudeto, as the 27th Hama Bachama. The latter only ruled for eight years before he died in a foreign hospital where he went to seek medication for some protracted illness. 

The latest move to sack a monarch that could burst the headlines was that of revered EMIR of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi whom the state house of assembly wanted sacked for his outspokenness and speaking to power that be in the state. The move was eventually thwarted as key Nigerians from all the regions kicked against the move. 

Back to the King of Umuahia. 

It was not certainly clear if the matter died down because the Government considered it an abomination or for the fact that there were no basis for sacking a chief whose son seemed to have over power everyone outside government in the east. Better still the matter may have died down because IPOB itself has fizzled out. 


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