Saturday, 3 April 2021

C'River Gov dethrones monarch who hosted Innoson motor's Chairman after UNICAL Convocation




Barley 24 hours after the University of Calabar held its 34th convocation ceremony where Chief Innocent Chukwuma, Chairman/CEO, Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM), received a honorary award, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State on None Indigene affairs (Igbo), Ugoji Nwabueze Esq, has withdrawn the chieftaincy title and certificate conffered on Chief Emmanuel Ezenweny as the 'Eze Ndigbo' in Cross River State. TDN can authoritatively report. 


Speaking exclusively with TDN, Bar. Nwabueze who is also the president of Ohanaeze IndIgbo in Cross River State disclosed that although the hosting of the Chairman of Innoson motors who was in Calabar to receive a honorary award by the University of Calabar instigated the press release which enforced the dethronment of the Eze Ndigbo, the Press release was predicated on an already existing law instituted by the South East Traditional Rulers Council since 2018.

Explaining further, Nwabueze said his press statement dethroning Chief Emmaunuel Ezenwany as Eze Ndigbo although instigated by the actions of dethroned Eze but its backed by the decision of the South East Traditional Rulers Council, where the council had frowned at the "Eze Ndigbo" title. 


"My brother Chief Innocent Chukwuma of Innoson motors is a national figure, his visit to Calabar is very strategic so those nodding him should have allowed him to either visit the governor or the deputy governor so that the state can see linkages to tap from his visit. Also such a very important person as Innoson should have even visited the traditional rulers of the land. But he was blocked from embarking on those visits even when we suggested it. They blocked the man from seeing the monachs of the land, maybe because they think they have a Palace according to them so he blocked the man from going to see the Obong." The Ohanaeze leader informed. 

"After which they started sharing the video to show that he is still in charge as Igwe even when the South East Traditional Rulers Council had dethroned him. So the Press statement from my office both as the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State on None Indigene affairs (Igbo) and President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Cross River State, was a follow up of the South East Traditional Rulers Council decisions. As you know, I can't give what I don't have. It therefore means that his title which was in error is null and void. He stands dethroned. My action is on the instruction of the South Eastern Traditional Rulers Council." He added. 
 


He informed that "The South East Traditional Rulers Council, after their meeting in early October, 2018 re-stated that the "Eze Ndigbo" title had become a contentious issue among Ndigbo in diaspora. Stating that the Council had "Through a well circulated newspaper advertorials, particularly Sun Newspapers, had banned the use of the title of "Eze Ndi Igbo" in diaspora by any one."


According to the Press Statement signed by Bar Nwabueze, the South East Traditional Rulers Council had "described the said title as "impository, malicious, vexatious, offensive and Insulting to the Traditional rulers in South East and the host traditional institutions in the  communities where such exist"


The South-East monarchs wondered how any sane man will want to become Eze (king) in another man's kingdom. The council then advised those desiring to be coronated as EZE or IGWE to go back to their respective communities in the south east and aspire to such office and get coronated there. 

The Press Statement dethroning Chief Emmanuel Ezenweny reads in full: 

 PRESS  STATEMENT 

WITHDRAWAL OF THE TITLE OF 'EZE NDI IGBO" CROSS RIVER STATE BASED ON INSTRUCTIONS FROM SOUTH EAST TRADITIONAL RULERS COUNCIL 

The South East Traditional Rulers Council, after their meeting in early October, 2018 re-stated that the "Eze Ndigbo" title had become a contentious issue among Ndigbo in diaspora. 

Through a well circulated newspaper advertorials,  particularly Sun Newspapers, the South East Traditional Rulers  Council had banned the use of the title of "Eze Ndi Igbo" in diaspora by any one. 

It described the said title as "impositotry, malicious, vexatious  , offensive and Insulting to the Traditional rulers in South East and the host traditional instutions in the  communities where such exist"

The South-East monarchs wondered how any sane man will want to become Eze (king) in another man's kingdom. The council then advised those desiring to be coronated as EZE or IGWE to go back to their respective communities in the south east and aspire to such office and get coronated there. 

The decision was reaffirmed at the last meeting of South East Traditional Rulers Council held at Enugu in November, 2020. According to Vanguard newspapers of November, 25, page 26, titled " Igbo Monarchs battle Eze Igbo in diaspora", it quoted the chairman of Abia State Traditional Rulers Council as saying that the EZE IGBO title in diaspora is against Igbo tradition and should be abolished. 

Also, a prominent monarch in Enugu  State and the Traditional ruler of Obimo Autonomous Community, Igwe Spencer Ugwueke, condemned in strong terms the conferment of Eze Igbo in diaspora on Igbo indegenes. He asked if any one had ever heard of an Hausa man crowned Emir in Igbo land or any Yoruba man answering Oba in any Igbo state.

The said-newspaper report noted with dismay that in spite of the ban on the title, some persons were still parading themselves as such and asked such persons to stop forth with as such conduct and title were embarrassing to South East Traditional Rulers Council.

And Cross River state is not an exception as the controversy over the title has created frosty relationship among Ndi Igbo and the traditional institution in Cross River for decades now.

It is on record that the Cross River State Traditional Rulers Council over the years have been consistent in the rejection of the title.

1n 2004, when the idea of the said-title was muted, the then Obong of Calabar was so angry that those who ever thought of the idea were punished as he stripped two of them the title of, "Ada Ida ke" confered on both some years back. The Obong's Council described such title as grossly disrespectful to the traditional Institutions in the State.

On October 20, 2018 during the OHANAEZE  IGBO DAY, CROSS RIVER STATE, the  coronation of Eze Ndi Igbo  ( KING OF THE IGBO) came up again . 

The Cross River State Traditional Rulers Council upon hearing about the coming event issued a Press Statement reiterating it's earlier opposition to the title and coronation as it were over the years. In protest, all stayed away from the event. It was on the ground of the opposition that the coronation of the said- Eze Igbo was cancelled. 

However, a group of self-serving  cartel among Ndigbo in the state insisted I must proceed with issuance of certificate of coronation in my capacity as President of OHANAEZE CROSS RIVER STATE even when I drew their attention to the earlier ban on the title by the South East Traditional Rulers Council.

The certificate was subsquently issued by me at Boki under duress, outside the eagle eyes of the State Traditional Rulers Council.

The South East Traditional Rulers Council has now mandated me to officially withdraw the said-Certificate I had issued in error. It is obvious I don't have the capacity to install any one as such since my root did not draw strenght from royalty.

Since I can't give what I don't have, the Certificate signed by me is hereby withdrawn accordingly as its issuance has continued to jeorpadise the smooth relationship among Ndi Igbo in Cross River and the State Traditional Rulers Council.

It is regrettable that one man's interest has continued to militate against the majority and general interest of Ndi Igbo in Cross River.

As an appointee of the Governor, I have the mandate to do what is right and what will promote the interest and well being of Ndi Igbo in the state and restore the our confidence among our history communities.

The error of  issuance of the Certificate of the title of Eze Ndi Igbo by me is accordingly regretted and any one parading himself as such remains an impostor and should be treated so by relevant authorities, especially security agents.

The arrogance of the claimant to the office has got to crescendo as it grossly showed disrespect to Ndi Igbo and the host communities, as depicted in a COMMUNIQUE issued and dated March 20, 2021

The illegal meeting was allegedly held at 'Obi EzeIgbo, (private home of Chief Emmanuel Ezenwenyi), the so-called EZEIGBO. Perhaps,  "king" of the Igbo in Cross River is above the law and a non- respecter of instructions, lawful orders  and constituted authority.

We, therefore, enjoin the general public to take note of the recent development within the Igbo Community while urging all our people to remain calm and go about their normal business and legally.

Sign....

Ugoji Nwabueze,Esq,
SENIOR SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE GOVERNOR ON NON INDIGENE AFFAIRS (IGBO) AND PRESIDENT OF OHANAEZE NDI IGBO, CROSS RIVER STATE.

Copy: 

Chairman, South East Traditional Council,

Chairman, Cross River State Traditional Rulers Council,

The Permanent Secretary/ SSO
Calabar

The Obong of Calabar

The Ndidem of Oquas.

Muri Munene.

The Commissioner of Police 

Director, DSS.


Several attempts made by our correspondent to reach Chief Ezenwanyi proofed abortive as his both lines were switched off for two days. 




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