Nnamdi Kanu's father dies at 86

The late Eze Israel Okwu Kanu

Eze Israel Okwu Kanu, a community leader and father of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, is dead.

The late Eze Kanu is the traditional ruler of Afaraukwu autonomous community, in Abia State.

His death was announced, on Friday, which came three months after the death of his wife, Ugoeze Sally Kanu (August 30, 2019) in a German hospital and yet to be buried, was announced by the traditional ruler of the neighbouring Okwulagha Afaraukwu, Eze Eddie Ibeabuchi, on behalf of the Afaraukwu Traditional Rulers Council. 

The news of Eze Kanu’s death, who was said to be in critical health condition at the time of the wife’s death, was confirmed by his second son and Kanu’s younger sibling, Emmanuel Kanu.

A statement by Abia state government confirming death and signed by the state commissioner for information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, reads:

"It was with rude shock that we learnt of the passing on of one of our great royal fathers, HRM Eze Sir I.O. Kanu, the Egwu Ukwu II of Afaraukwu Ibeku, at the age of 86 years.

"His unwavering love and sterling contributions to the development of his community in particular, and Abia State in general, are well documented. No doubt, HRM left a lasting legacy and an indelible impression on the minds of Ndigbo everywhere in the world. 

"Death is not the end of man but a necessary passage to a better place in eternity where there is no strife, sorrow or pain. Indeed, Papa has only gone to that better place, and in his usual manner while on earth here, he is praying for all of us from above, especially for the peace, unity and progress of not just his community but also of our State and Alaigbo.

"This should be our consolation so that his beloved family and community he left behind do not continue to weep since we all know that he is resting peacefully now.

"As a government, we assure the family of late Eze Sir I.O. Kanu and Afaraukwu community of our continued support in all ways we can to help ameliorate the pains of his departure. 

"Lastly, we pray that God in His infinite mercies grant the soul of our late Eze eternal rest. Amen!"

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