Anambra: 95y.o man, ors ask Gov. Obiano to certify ‘crowned’ monarch
By Okechukwu Onuegbu
A 95-year-old man, Chief Nweke Oyemezie, Monday, joined over one hundred other natives of Amanuke, Awka North LGA of Anambra State, to demand issuance of certificate of recognition to their ‘crowned’ monarch, Igwe Dennis Ezebuilo.
Dennis, it was learnt, was reportedly crowned as traditional ruler of the community by all, but his cousin, HRH Igwe Alphonsus Ezebuilo was certified by the state government, thereby leading to court cases and crisis.
Oyemezie, who is Chairman and Oldest person in Amanuke Aged People Association (Otochalu Amanuke), in a welcome party organised by Amanuke people at Central Primary School field to celebrate Dennis return from detention, rejected Igwe Alphonsus, and appealed to government to quickly withdraw his certificate of recognition and transfer same to Dennis.
He said that continuous delaying of certificate of recognition meant for crowned Igwe Dennis was impeding their development, and implored the governor Obiano to take urgent action.
Also speaking, Pastor Hyacinth Okafor, while commending judiciary for granting their crowned Igwe Dennis freedom from police custody, described him as a God sent, and asked those fighting him to desist or face the wrath of God.
On their parts, women leaders, Mrs Rosaline Emeka, Mrs Gladys Enemou and 85 year old woman, Mrs Ugodia Ananwude, maintained that their support for the crowned monarch was overwhelming because he was chosen and loved by all.
Contributing, a titled Chief from the community, Chief Daniel Obike and the former Deputy President General of Amanuke, Mr Augustine Ejiofor, reiterated that the Community was suffering as a result of denial of Dennis certificate of recontion.
Ejiofor further accused some prominent people of the community as allegedly masterminding issuance of certificate to Igwe Alphonsus against the wishes of the populace.
“Amanuke people are suffering and want freedom from oppressions. Our constitution said that no person can hijack the Affairs of Amanuke but one or few persons are doing that. And whenever we write petitions against their excesses to Obiano, they will lie to the government that we are sabotaging or fighting the government. But we are not fighting the Obiano government. All we are demanding is that our Igwe should be duly certified,” he stated.
Speaking in a phone interview, Igwe Dennis Ezebuilo, commended his subjects for standing by him, and advised them to remain peaceful as well as continue to show love to one another as it brings peace, progress, and forward ever.
Ezebuilo, who said he was pained that his community lacks basic government presence, maintained that his reign would bridge the gap by ensuring that they are well secured, developed and empowered individually and collectively to thrive in all their endeavours