The indigenous people of Biafra have urged the people of the southeast to bury their dead within three days, as in ancient times.

The group noted that keeping the corpses for too long, as is done today, has contributed to Ndigbo’s major problems in recent times.

That was announced on Wednesday in a statement from IPOB Secretary of Media and Publicity, Emma Powerful.

According to the group, the current practice of keeping dead bodies in the morgue for more than three days, months and years has seriously affected Igbo land and contributed to the moral decadence and all manner of evil that has taken root.

The group said the only corpses allowed to remain in the morgue beyond the stipulated period are those under investigation or facing lawsuits.

The statement read: “Our ancestors buried their dead within three days and that is our culture and it has helped our ancestors spiritually. Igbos have a very rich and spiritually based culture that our ancestors have maintained from the beginning of time.

“The current practice of keeping dead bodies in the morgue for more than three days and even months and years has had serious consequences for our country and has contributed to the spiritual weakness of the Igbo nation and of the entire Biafraland, moral decadence and all kinds of evil. that have taken root in our country.

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“As IPOB has come to realize that this alien practice of keeping the dead on land instead of giving them to Mother Earth has had a very negative impact on our people and on our land, it has therefore become very necessary to encouraging people to return to the old practices that had very positive effects on our well-being, both spiritually and otherwise.

“After some thorough investigation, we have come to realize that all the reasons put forward by our people that have caused the undue delay in burying our dead within a short period of time are not convincing or important enough. These reasons are all man-made, mostly pecuniary conditions of the bereaved, traditional rites, churches and Umunna.

“Our people have turned funerals into funfairs and asked families to pay dues or debts for their dead. This is an abomination and must be stopped immediately.

“As it was in the past, next of kin should be able to bind their deceased to Mother Earth, while a date for the funeral ceremony is set for a later date, as well as any dues to be collected.

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“But using reasons for non-payment of funeral fees to store corpses in the morgues is what IPOB doesn’t want on our territory again. Our people must return to our old healthy tradition of burying the dead and doing the necessary at specific times within their reach.

“IPOB will involve church leaders, congregational unions and traditional rulers and Umunna on this. We advise them to prepare their minds for this clarion call as IPOB will develop a strategy to curb the excessive use of morgues in our region.

“This strategy could involve forcing the closure of so many morgues scattered across our country. The only corpses allowed to stay longer in the morgue are those in court or under police investigation.

“Igbos shrink in life because we dishonor the dead by keeping dead bodies in morgues for too long than is necessary in these morgues. Any nation, tribe, or family that preserves the dead without throwing the corpse into the dust is doing itself a disservice.

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“The Igboland has turned into a gigantic morgue where corpses are dumped with serious consequences for our country and this attitude and practice must stop immediately.

“Owners of morgues in our country have to start making plans for another company. We are not against those who deal with the morgue, but we are against keeping dead bodies longer than necessary because we intend to march and we cannot keep dead bodies unburied until we have a match.

“IPOB encourages our people to pay respect to our deceased loved ones by burying them immediately. In the old days, our ancestors embalmed the dead in the house and buried them within three days.

“Ndigbo was not a coward and lazy, but today our country has been devastated and completely destroyed by unknown gunmen and IPOB will not allow it to remain that way.”

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