Obi Of Onitsha Flays Soludo’s Alleged Disrespect For Traditional Institution- Clarifies Code On Conferring Tittles’
A First Class king in Anambra Obi of Onitsha tackles Soludo’s commissioner over suspension of monarch.
Nnaemeka Achebe, criticized the Anambra government over the suspension of Damian Ezeani, traditional ruler of Neni community.
Recall that On January 8, Chukwuma Soludo, Anambra governor, suspended Ezeani for conferring a chieftaincy title on Ifeanyi Ubah, a senator representing Anambra south district.
Tony-Collins Nwabunwanne, the commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, had said the code of conduct for traditional rulers in the state mandates that no monarch can confer a chieftaincy title on anyone from outside his community, without obtaining the permission of the traditional ruler of the recipient’s community.
Ubah is from Otolo, a community in Nnewi north LGA of Anambra.
OBI OF ONITSHA’S RESPONSE
In a letter dated January 12, Obi of Onitsha, who is the chairman of Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council (ASTRC), berated Nwabunwanne for accusing traditional rulers in the state of conferring traditional titles on individuals for pecuniary gains.
The Obi averred that the letter stating the suspension of Ezeani “lacked respect and sensitivity” in addressing traditional rulers in the state.
“Without providing evidence for your sweeping statement about trading chieftaincy titles for money, you also, wittingly or not, thereby indicted the entire traditional institution of the state,” the Obi said.
“Your press release to a global audience put the institution into disrepute when a direct circular letter to all traditional rulers as the parties of interest would have sufficed.
“The tone and language of your letter were, by any measure, a public riot act and pontification to the same majority of traditional rulers that you extolled as acting with dignity and integrity.
“The letter lacked respect and sensitivity in addressing the traditional rulers of Anambra State, who, by any standard, are held in very high esteem in the comity of the traditional institutions of Nigeria and beyond.”
‘DESCRIPTION OF SENATOR IFEANYI UBAH IS OFFENSIVE’
The Anambra monarch also faulted Nwabunwanne for describing Ubah as “one Senator Ifeanyi Ubah” in the suspension letter, adding that it is “disrespectful and offensive”.
“Your reference to a second-term Right Honorable Distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as “one Senator Ifeanyi Ubah” is most disrespectful, offensive, and unbecoming of one holding a political office as Commissioner,” the monarch said.
“It is noteworthy that a person can only qualify to contest elections after scaling through the highest level of security checks at the federal level.”
The Anambra monarch said the suspension of Ezeani and the threat of withdrawal of the certificate of recognition “suggest that there may be other issues with either Igwe Neni or distinguished senator Ubah, which are being stealthily ventilated in the circumstance”.
The Obi of Onitsha averred that the manner in which the state government is handling matters of conferment of honorary chieftaincy titles is the “apogee of the progressive dehumanization and dismantling of the traditional institution” under Soludo’s administration.bi