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Elders, Regent knock Obiano for imposing leaders on community

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Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano

Elders and citizens of Ideani community in Idemili North Council of Anambra state have sent a desperate save-our-soul message to Governor Willie Obiano to save the community from an impending crisis currently creeping into their midst as a result of the unilateral introduction of what they described as “a caretaker executive comprised of strange characters,” to pilot the affairs of the community.

Leading the call on the state government to rescind its composition of the caretaker leadership was the chairman of the Regent and chairman of the community’s Igwe-in-Council cabinet, Sylvester Okafor who addressed journalists who were on hand to witness the inaugural meeting of the new executive. Save for the timely intervention of some elders and security officers of the Department of State Services (DSS) it would have been a bloody destruction of lives and property at the community’s civic centre when a section of the citizens insisted they must express their views when they were prevented from addressing the gathering. Apparently, the caretaker team was suspicious of their intentions.

The crisis which held up take off of proceedings started when the visibly vexatious caretaker committee headed by one Remmy Okpoko who read out the letter from the state government which set them up prevented those who raised objections from speaking.

Okpoko had hardly taken his seat when questions started flying, probing the source of the list of the caretaker members. They alleged that it couldn’t have come from one who wished Ideani well but from someone with sinister motives. They accused the government and whomever that drew up the list of insensitivity, pointing out that a named key member of the committee has been banned from religious, traditional and cultural responsibilities in the community for raping his own daughter. Another member, Theo Ikenwa, has been on suspension from the community’s Igwe-in-council’s cabinet for conduct unbecoming of a high traditional chief. Okafor was sharp and direct on the stand of the Igwe’s cabinet, saying they do not recognize the committee.

Taken up on the obvious rejection from virtually all quarters, its vice chairman, Egbuna Atu-Okoye said the committee was a wise creation of the state government and the crisis was a misplaced suspicion that they would dabble into the knotty issue of selection of a new traditional ruler to replace the late Igwe Humphrey Okoye whose last ofala was celebrated two years ago.

It was revealed that because of the issue of selection of a new Igwe, which was stalled at a stage, a section and very desperate aspirant to the throne contrived the caretaker exco list to enable him grab the seat, hence bringing in people with baggage as members who would do his bidding.


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