Anambra Community Boils As Obiano Imposes Caretaker Leadership
Community elders, Igwe's cabinet lampoons Obiano From Chuks Collins, Awka
The elders and citizens of Ideani community in Idemili North Council of Anambra state have sent a desperate save-our-soul message to Gov Willie Obiano to save the sleepy community from the impending doom and crisis currently creeping into their midst as a result of the unilateral introduction of a Caretaker executive to pilot the affairs of the community.
Leading the call on the state government to rescind its empaneling the caretaker leadership was the chairman of the community’s Igwe-in-Council cabinet, Chief 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 officers of the Department of State Services(DSS) that saved what would have been a massive destruction of lives and property in the Ideani community when a section of the citizens took who were initially prevented from addressing the gathering by the newly handpicked caretaker leadership.
The ding-dong crisis which held up normal proceedings from taking off started when the visibly vexatious Caretaker committee headed by Mr 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 from different directions 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 motive and aim.
Chief Okafor, was sharp and direct on the stand of the Igwe’s cabinet when he said, “Ideani do not recognize the Caretaker committee. We were never consulted and didn’t make input to its membership. It’s like a list drawn by one or two faceless persons hence full of the wrong characters.
According to him, the cabinet which I chair has been in-charge of Ideani since our Igwe joined his ancestors. We ought to vet and make input in the list. The state government should dissolve them and allow the community to nominate a robust team”.
Taken up on the obvious rejection from virtually all quarters, its vice chairman, Chief Egbuna Atu-Okoye said the Caretaker committee was a wise creation of the state government.
That the tension and 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 about two years ago.
Chief Cletus Uwaezuoke assured the citizens that from experience and records, no caretaker team anywhere dabbles into the issue of selection of a new Igwe. That the Okpoko committee’s terms of reference was clear and unambiguous.
But Chief Ernest Enenwa who did not hide his fears about the likely motive of those contrived the list said he want to ensure that all segment of the community was involved and carried along every step of the way.
A group of citizens had earlier written the state government saying, “We, the concerned Ideanians are terribly disturbed by the present development that we are seeing now and felt saddened that the Government stand appears to be an open invitation to crises, breakdown of Law and order that could lead to colossal failure in restoring peace and tranquility in our town…”
They had accused Gov Obiano of stoking crises in no fewer than twenty named communities presently out of sheer arrogance of power and obstinacy and therefore appealed for caution in the Ideani matter. The communities include Awa, Nkpor, Nando, Nsugbe, Omasi, etc