INDIGENOUS People of Biafra (Ipob) leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has written to the emperor of Japan Emperor Naruhito expressing disquiet over the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari has been allowed to visit the country.
Earlier today, President Buhari returned from Japan after attending the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development. Ahead of the visit, Ipob members had flooded into Japan from all over Asia, promising to stage a massive protest and disrupt President Buhari’s stay in Tokyo but the trip went by peacefully.
Expressing displeasure at the invitation extended to President Buhari, Mazi Kanu, said: “The Nigerian president’s visit to the esteemed and revered throne of Chrysanthemum Emperor Naruhito of Japan, is a likely desecration of the Royal Palace in Tokyo. I most respectfully drew the attention of His Imperial Majesty to the damaging impact the presence of the Nigeria president would have on the ancient values of the Japanese society that prides itself in upholding the highest standards of honour and probity.
“I equally request the emperor use his considerable standing as the symbol of Japan to demand an honest investigation into some of the issues we have raised over who the president is. Ipob planned a campaign against Buhari and the Japanese authorities we know are best placed to unravel and confirm the truth and the rude shock Nigeria is about to receive on a rude awakening over its president.”
Earlier this month, the former deputy senate president Senator Ekweremadu, the lawmaker representing Enugu West Senatorial District, was due to be the guest speaker at the New Yam Festival of the Igbo community in Nuremburg in Germany. Ipob has promised to step up protests against Nigerian politicians worldwide whenever they step out of the country.