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Suspension of 12 Igwes: Obiano winning the war but losing the battle

By Eneh Victor Chigozie

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Despite the fact that Agu Awka issued a well circulated letter suspending the Igwes, the presidency still recognise them as the traditional rulers of their various communities.

In the state house press release signed by Femi Adesina, the SA media to Mr President, the Igwes were addressed properly.

They were never addressed as suspended monarchs.

So, Abuja do not recognise the suspension. The presidency do not recognize the suspension.

The traditional rulers were suspended by Agu Awka as the last battle to stop them from visiting the presidential Villa.

Recall that Agu Awka had gone to media to celebrate their prevention from seeing Mr President.

Anambra traditional rulers at the presidential Villa, Abuja
Anambra traditional rulers at the presidential Villa, Abuja

While they were celebrating the purported humiliation of the traditional rulers, Prince Engr Arthur Eze refused to be humiliated.

He bounced back, made alternative arrangement and on Wednesday evening it became clear that the presidency had given nod for the traditional rulers to meet with Top officials at the Villa.

Agu Awka on getting the information of the clearance for the 12 traditional rulers to meet with Top officials at the Villa quickly slammed a suspension on them late night Wednesday as their last option to stop them.

But all the shenanigans failed. The 12 Igwes were cleared by the presidential protocols and they were promptly received.

Agu Awka should understand that the reason for the suspension did not work.

See the State House Press Release on the visit of the monarchs below:

ANAMBRA MONARCHS LAUD PRESIDENT BUHARI FOR DEVELOPMENTAL STRIDES IN SOUTH EAST

Traditional rulers from Anambra State on Thursday expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment to development of the country in general, and the South East in particular.

The monarchs, led to the Presidential Villa by Prince Arthur Eze, were received by Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, who thanked them for coming, adding that the gesture would encourage the President to do even more for the region and the country as a whole.

“As it is generally said in most parts of the country, when you thank somebody for what he has done, he is encouraged, and does more. This is an incentive for the President to do more for the country, and also for the South East,” Professor Gambari said.

The royal fathers listed the landmark projects embarked upon by President Buhari in their region to include “the Second Niger Bridge, that had been presented as an impossible task by previous administrations, but now becoming a reality under your keen watch,” the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, among others.

“The people of the South East are, indeed, grateful, as we have never had it so good, and on their behalf, we say DAALU (thank you),” the Royal fathers declared.

Also lauding the President for appointing Igbo sons and daughters into key positions in government, they said as custodians of the heritage of the people, they felt it was incumbent on them to “come and express our appreciation on behalf of the entire people of the area, and to urge Your Excellency to do more for the Zone.”

The monarchs included HRM Eze Dr Nkeli Nzekwe, HRM Igwe Chuba Mbakwe, HRM Igwe Chijioke Nwankwo, HRH Igwe Anthony Onwekwelu, and HRH Igwe Chukwuma Bobo Orji.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)

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