Soludo Reinstates Suspended Obi Of Onitsha

Adoga Stephen By Adoga Stephen - Editor-In-Chief
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Anambra State Governor, Chukwuma Soludo, has resolved his differences with the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, after a recent disagreement regarding traditional rulers in the state.

As a sign of reconciliation, the previously suspended traditional ruler of Neni in Anaocha Local Government Area, Igwe Damian Ezeani, has been reinstated.

The dispute initially arose when Igwe Ezeani, along with other monarchs, was accused of granting unauthorized chieftaincy titles, particularly to Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, who recently joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).

There are speculations that Senator Ubah is preparing to challenge Governor Soludo in the 2025 governorship election.

The suspension of the Neni monarch and other related issues sparked a public outcry from Igwe Achebe.

In a lengthy letter, Igwe Achebe criticized Governor Soludo for what he perceived as a lack of respect for the traditional institutions in the state.

A statement released in Awka on Wednesday by the Press Secretary to the Governor, Christian Aburime, announced a change in the situation.

Governor Soludo has decided to reinstate the Neni monarch and pardon two other traditional rulers who were accused of misconduct.

The decision was made during a meeting at the Governor’s Lodge in Amawbia, Awka South Local Government Area, which was attended by 94 monarchs.

Igwe Ezeani has been fully reinstated, while the monarchs of Ojoto and Aguluezechukwu have been pardoned after apologizing.

The Governor also addressed various welfare issues concerning the monarchs, as part of his efforts to build a positive relationship with traditional leaders in the state.

According to him, “The Governor announced that with the apologies of the affected Traditional Rulers, the State government accepts their apologies, and subsequently reinstates the Traditional Ruler of Neni, and forgive the Traditional Rulers of Ojoto and Aguluezechukwu.

“Mr Governor further clarified the legal status of the Igwe Nawfia as advised by his legal team.

“As part of the vote of thanks, both the Obi of Onitsha and Igwe Ojoto passed the votes of thanks and requested for regular meetings with Mr Governor which Mr Governor graciously accepted to hold at least twice a year.

“The meeting ended on a high note with the traditional leaders having photo sessions with Mr Governor.”

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By Adoga Stephen Editor-In-Chief
Stephen studied Mass Communication at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu (now Lagos State University of Science and Technology), where he acquired requisite training for the practice of journalism. He loves the media, and his interest mostly lies in print medium, where his creative writing skill makes him a perfect fit.