As Obiano gives certificate of recognition to new monarch
ONITSHA – The protracted Igweship imbroglio which had hitherto disrupted peaceful co-existence in Nanka community in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra state has at last been brought to an end with the issuance of a certificate of recognition and staff of office to the newly elected traditional ruler of the area, His Royal Highness, Igwe Godwin Ezeilo, by Governor Willie Obiano.
Presenting the certificate at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, Governor Obiano said the election was in line with the stipulated laws of traditional institutions in Igbo land, as Ezeilo’s election was unanimously accepted by the entire community.
According to the Governor, “the presentation is in accordance with the Traditional Rulers Act of 1981, which fully satisfied that you HRH, Igwe Godwin Ezeilo of Nanka community in Orumba North Local Government Area, has been duly elected and presented to me by the people of the said community”.
Obiano further declared: “In accordance with the customary law and usages of the community and in provisions of section 4, 5, 6 of the traditional law of 1981, I do hereby certify that you had accordingly been recognized by me as the traditional head of Nanka”.
The governor recalled his prompt intervention during the last crisis in the community, where some suspected hoodlums disrupted the peace and tranquility the community had been enjoying. Obiano, therefore, urged him to maintain peaceful co-existence among the people of the community, adding that the throne was a divine intervention to ameliorate the sufferings of indigent people in the area.
In his remarks, the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr. Greg Obi, explained that the present government had vowed to restore peace in every community by resolving any outstanding issues affecting the royal questions in the area.
Obi pointed out that the election of the new traditional ruler fell in line with the stipulated Traditional Rulers Act of the state, adding that Ezeilo’s landslide victory at the polls was an indication that peace and justice have actually returned in the community.
Also speaking, the Obi of Onitsha and Chairman of Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council, HRM, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, while commending Governor Obiano for his transformation agenda, charged the newly recognized monarch to always uphold the tradition of Ndigbo and foster meaningful development within the community.
Igwe Achebe also charged him to respect constituted authorities, especially the present administration of governor Obiano.
In his speech, the Legal Adviser to Nanka Patriotic Union, NPU, Clifford Iloegbune Okoye, advised those who felt otherwise to sheathe their sword and join hands with the rest of the indigenes in moving the community forward.
According to Okoye who is a legal practitioner based in Onitsha and Chairman of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Aguata branch, “The process of election and enthronement of Igwe Ezeilo witnessed a no victor, no vanquished contest in the community because Nanka is a winner, while all of us as Nankarians fall in line with the winning train”.
He charged youths in the area to eschew violent tendencies as it does not help in the growth of the society. “I advise every able bodied youth to engage himself meaningfully in craftsmanship that will better his lot, rather than engaging in criminality or allowing themselves to be used by agents of destruction. To the new Igwe, I urge him to see every Nanka person as having voted for him, irrespective of political inclination which featured during the electoral process, as both those who voted for him and those who did not are all his subjects”.
Responding, Igwe Ezeilo who was highly elated, commended the governor for his administrative blueprint and unprecedented achievements in the state; especially in the area of security and pledged his community’s support to his administration.