Ohanaeze Ndigbo chieftain traces Igbo marginalisation to weakened Nri values
Faction rates governors high despite insecurity challenges
A Chieftain of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Oba Chukwuemeka Onyesoh, has traced the continued exclusion of Igbo nation by successive Nigerian governments to the weakening of the Ezenri Kingship Institution, which he described as ‘the oldest theocratic monarchy’ in the country.
He noted that the bond, which held greatness for Ndigbo, was intrinsically linked to the fortunes of Nri, adding that there will be neither peace nor respect for cultural and historical relevance of the Igbo in a relegated Ezenri institution.
He made the assertions during the preview of a book titled: Dirt on White Spectrum: Myths, Travails and Legacies of Ezenri, The Custodian of Igbo Tradition and Nigeria’s Oldest Kingship Institution, at the Ezenri Obidiegwu Onyesoh Palace.
Onyesoh, who was the Transition Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo under whose watch the seven state chapters were established, called for the repositioning of Nri as the cradle of Igbo civilisation and core of Igbo values, culture and traditions.
He listed the 12 legacies of Ezenri to the modern world as foundational pacifism in governance, respect for the sanctity of human life and dignity of man, dating over 1,000 years before the world thought of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UN UDHR) in 1948.
He explained that Ezenri Oreri, being an offshoot son of one of the Namoke of Diodo having been dated 900 AD with Carbon-14, regardless of who, among the first to the sixth Namoke(s) of Diodo, was on the throne, therefore puts the date of the amalgamated kingdom of Nri before 900 AD.
Onyesoh also argued that Eze Nri kingship remained the oldest kingship in Nigeria, dating before 900AD in dating comparative analysis ahead of Kanuri Kingdom (about 900AD) Kano Kingdom (950AD); Daura Kingdom (950AD); Ife Kingdom (1045AD); Old Oyo Kingdom (1145AD); Benin Kingdom (1140AD); Igala Kingdom (1450AD); Aro Kingdom (1650AD) and Onitsha Kingship (1750AD), among others.
MEANWHILE, in spite of the security challenge in the South East, is believed to have been triggered by the continued detention of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the Ohanaeze Ndigbo yesterday rated governors of the region high in performance.
Specifically, they commended Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu and their Enugu State counterpart, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for their infrastructure development and improved security, which it said, had ensured the rapid development of the region.
In a statement issued in Abakaliki by the Secretary-General of the Chidi Ibeh-led faction of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, it noted that the three governors were outstanding in advancing security, infrastructure development, peace and stability, adding that the only way to encourage good governance is to recognise their efforts and encourage them to do more.
It said Umahi has transformed Ebonyi from a rural state to an emerging city and suburban area, with infrastructure development and projects that had boosted tourism and attracted businesses to the state.
The group also commended Ikpeazu for his strides in security and youth empowerment programmes through his Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) policies, foreign scholarship and grants to Igbo youths and the almost completed Enyimba Economic City, among others.
On the Enugu State Government, the group applauded Ugwuanyi as a man of peace and a silent achiever, with sustainable development in infrastructure, unification of political divides, stronger state and end of politically motivated violence and killings that characterised the state for decades.
“Ndigbo will be grateful to Ugwuanyi for keeping hope alive for an Igbo to fly the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential ticket in 2023. He worked through the PDP committee on zoning and guaranteed that the party chairmanship returned to the North for a Southern presidential flag bearer in 2023, which favours the South East,” the statement added.