Igbo leaders plan burial rites for civil war victims

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BY OKONKWO EZE

ONITSHA—Perturbed by all kinds of atrocities and criminal acts taking place in various parts of Igboland, leaders in the South East are now drawing up a proposal to perform an official burial rites of all their kinsmen who died during the Nigerian/Biafran civil war.

They believed that the wandering spirits of all the deceased war victims who were not yet given a befitting burial, according to Igbo traditional custom, are angry that they possessed  youths and push them into criminal acts.

A prominent Igbo leader, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka, who disclosed this last weekend at Ogirishi Igbo Conflict Resolution Center, within the Rojenny Games Village, Oba, Anambra State, said the spirits of Igbo youths who went to the civil war voluntarily and died in the process of trying to defend Ndigbo from Nigerian aggression were angry thatNdigbo had not buried them according to custom.

He spoke while playing host to the traditional ruler of Nri Ancient Kingdom and head of Njiko-Umu-Nri, HRM, Eze Obidiegwu Onyesoh, who led a delegation of 186 Igbo communities on a visit,

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