Ahead of the Christmas and New Year seasons, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka (Ogilisi Igbo) has appealed to the Governor of Anambra State Chief Willie Obiano to lift the suspension placed on 12 traditional rulers in the State as part of government Christmas and new year gifts to the people of the State. Ezeonwuka, a member of the Board of Trustees of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) while lending voice on the matter pleaded with Governor Obiano to toe the path of a true Christian he is, as a Papal Knight of St Gregory the Great, and forgive the rulers in the spirit of Christmas and New Year. This, according the spiritual leader popularly called Ogilisi Igbo nation, would enable them unite with State Government in providing the much needed security of lives and property of Anambrarians as many of them and their friends would return enmass for the Yuletide.
Ogilisi Igbo reminded Governor Obiano that the situation was like the popular Igbo saying that “If you use the right hand to slap a child for offense he committed, you equally turn round to use the left hand to console him because the slap has invariably served its purpose, which is bringing caution to the mind of the child” pleading that the suspension has served its purpose.
“Let use this opportunity to make it known to Christians generally that Christmas gift is not just about sharing money and clothes or bags of rice and cows, it also includes love, peace making and forgiveness, and that is why I am asking the Governor to forgive the rulers and lift the suspension placed on them”
Recall that Governor Obiano, through the State Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Mr. Greg Obi, placed suspension on 12 traditional rulers following their trip to Abuja at the expense of billionaire businessman Prince Arthur Eze to meet President Muhammadu Buhari. The monarchs alleged made the trip with the aim of submitting a petition against the Governor to Buhari over an alleged mismanagement of council funds allocated since Obiano took over from former governor Peter Obi.
The 12 royal fathers were not opportune to meet with the President.The state government was said to be unhappy over the monarchs’ romance with Eze, who had been critical of the Obiano administration in recent days. In a statement by Commissioner Greg Obifor Local Governmen the State Government said the monarchs made the trip without permission.
He listed the royal fathers as Igwe Alex Edozieuno (Mkpunando), Igwe Mark Okonkwo (Alor), Igwe Chukuwma Orji (Ezinifite), Igwe G.B.C. Mbakwe (Abacha), Igwe Chijioke Nwankwo (Nawfia), Igwe Nkeli Nelly (Igbariam) and Igwe Anthony Onyekwere (Owelle). Others are Igwe A. N. Onwuneme (Ikenga), Igwe Simon Chidubem (Umumbo), Igwe S. O. Uche (Ezira), Igwe Emeka Ilouno (Ifitedunu) and Igwe Peter Udoji (Eziagulu Out). The suspension, according to the Commissioner, began from August 11, 2020, and would last for one year.
The nationguardnews.com learnt that the certificates of recognition given the traditional rulers had been withdrawn for one year. One of them, Igwe Mark Anthony Okonkwo of Alor had pleaded with the Governor for forgiveness, accepting unlike others, that he was wrong and asked for leniency. However, his case is different because another person had been elected by some members of his Alor community.
However, in defending their action, Mr Chjioke Nwankwo of Nawfia, in a joint press conference in Abuja, alleged that the monarchs travelled to Abuia to thank President Mohammadu Buhari for the good things he had been doing for the South-East Zone. “The visit was to thank Buhari for the appointment of notable Igbo sons and daughters into important positions since he became President.
“Is this an offence? The Second Niger bridge had been presented as an impossible task by previous administrations, but it is now becoming a reality under his watch as it is nearing completion. We appreciated him for this. We know that the project is very dear to our hearts because it is key to boosting business activities between the people of the South East and the entire country. Where did we go wrong here
“The Enugu-Onitsha expressway that the Buhari administration is rehabilitating is another magnificent reason why we went to thank the President. The Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway rehabilitation that the government has also embarked on, is another reason why we took the step. These projects had been pipe dreams and had been elusive during past administrations,” Chief Nwankwo asked.
Chief Onwuka who is the proprietor of Rojenny Games Village, Oba, Anambra State, pleaded with His Excellency, Dr. Willie Obiano, Akpokuedike to temper justice with mercy by lifting the suspension as a Christmas gift to the communities especially.