Sequel to the dethronement of their predecessors, the traditional rulers of Ezi-Agulu-Otu Aguleri and Mkpunando Aguleri have received their certificates of recognition from the Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano.
The presentation of the certificates took place at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia. Igwe Lawrence Nwafia was recognized as the traditional ruler of Ezi-Agulu-Otu Aguleri, while Igwe Johnson Mbanefo was recognized as the traditional ruler of Mkpunando Aguleri.
It would be recalled that the former traditional rulers of the two communities were suspended by the State government for gross misconduct. To this end, Governor Willie Obiano urged the new traditional rulers to uphold the customs and traditions of their communities. Also, he emphasized the fact that custom and tradition are supreme, hence they should respect their customs and do their best possible to bring their community members together.
On his part, Greg Obi, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, stated that the activities surrounding the certificate presentation are in line with the law of the state. In addition, he explained that the power to enthrone or dethrone traditional rulers rests on members of the communities, subject to ratification by the state government after examining the circumstances.
Furthermore, he warned individuals parading themselves as traditional rulers to desist as the state Attorney General and the police have been instructed to bring such people to book under the law.
Also present during the event was His Majesty, Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, the traditional ruler of Onitsha and Chairman of southeast Traditional. In his remarks, he reminded the new royal fathers of the need to bring their community members under one umbrella in total respect for truth and uprightness.
He urged them to attend their council meetings and support what they do since their role should be geared towards making Anambra a better place. On their part, the new traditional rulers promised to work with the government to ensure lasting peace in their communities.
Important personalities who graced the occasion were the traditional rulers of Mbaukwu, Okpuno and Aguleri, Igwe Peter Anugwu, Igwe Sunday Okafor, and Igwe Michael Idigo respectively.
Others present were President General of ASATU, Chief Alex Onukwue, Anambra State Chairman of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, Chief Damian Ogene, member representing Anambra East in the state House of Assembly, Obinna Emenaka, among others.