Saturday, 3 April 2021

The dethronement of Eze Ndigbo would end a 40 year rift between C'River Traditional stool and the Igbos - Ohanaeze

chief Emmanuel Ezenwaenyi




The President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Cross River State, Barr Ugoji Nwabueze has said that the dethronement of Chief Emmanuel Ezenwenyi as the Eze Ndigbo  and the abolishment of the title will restore peace and unity as well as end a forty (40) year old rift between Ndigbos in Cross River State and monarchs in their host communities. 

Nwabueze who is also the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State on None Indigene affairs (Igbo) made this known while reacting to issues on the dethronement of Chief Emmanuel Ezenwenyi as the Eze Ndigbo in Cross River State. 


Nwabueze told TDN that the dethronement of Chief Emmanuel, Ezenwenyi and abolishment of the Eze Ndigbo title in Cross River State will kick start the process of ending a 40 years old rift between the Igbos and their host communities. 

"That title has created a very terrible relationship between us and the host communities, when that idea was muted in Calabar, those who were involved were even punished by the then Obong of Calabar who withdrew the 'Adaidiha ke Efik Eburutu' titles conferred on them. The Obong described it as very insulting and degrading."


"As a reaction the South East Traditional Rulers Council now said if you want to be king, don't go to another man's land and be king, just come home and aspire if you so qualify we will make you king. 
There are a lot of people who are Ezes in their communities, but they live here in Calabar. They have been so coronated kings in their communities, but you here you have not been recognized/coronated King by your own community and you are calling yourself King in someone's land."

Speaking further, Nwabueze added that, "The Obong council is very angry that in their own community someone is calling himself King. Can there be two kings exiting in one land? This issue has created a big rift between us and the Obong's Council. Because of these we can't go to the Obong Palace and they can't come to us. In those days when we have Igbo day we invite the Obong and he attends our functions we also do likewise to them, most times we present a cow gift to them."

"Those thing have all diminish because of one man's interest. So I felt we need to do something urgently before it boils down to outright breach of public peace, because when the natives tolerate you for a while it will boil down to full flesh conflagration." The President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo said. 


The Press Statement dethroning Chief Emmanuel Ezenwenyi came in 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, and Chief Innocent Chukwuma was seen in a viral video paying a courtesy visit to the dethroned monarch. 

It was therefore, rumored that the visit by the business mogul to the monarch didn't go well with some power blocs, thus the press release dethroning chief Ezenwenyi

In his reactions  Barr. Nwabueze disclosed that although the hosting of the Chairman of Innoson motors instigated the press release which enforced the dethronement of the Eze Ndigbo, but the Press release was predicated on an already existing law instituted by the South East Traditional Rulers Council since 2018.


"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 Ezenwenyi reads in full: Eze Ndigbo in C'River Dethroned

In a latest development, a Socio-Cultural group known as 'NKA IKEMESIT MKPARAWA ESSIEN EFIK DUOB-EBA has issued a quit notice to the Eze Ndigbo, Chief Emmaunuel The dethronement of Eze Ndigbo would end a 40 year rift between C'River Traditional stool and the Igbos - Ohanaeze



The President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Cross River State, Barr Ugoji Nwabueze has said that the dethronement of Chief Emmanuel Ezenwenyi as the Eze Ndigbo  and the abolishment of the title will restore peace and unity as well as end a forty (40) year old rift between Ndigbos in Cross River State and monarchs in their host communities. 

Nwabueze who is also the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State on None Indigene affairs (Igbo) made this known while reacting to issues on the dethronement of Chief Emmanuel Ezenwenyi as the Eze Ndigbo in Cross River State. 


Nwabueze told TDN that the dethronement of Chief Emmanuel, Ezenwenyi and abolishment of the Eze Ndigbo title in Cross River State will kick start the process of ending a 40 years old rift between the Igbos and their host communities. 

"That title has created a very terrible relationship between us and the host communities, when that idea was muted in Calabar, those who were involved were even punished by the then Obong of Calabar who withdrew the 'Adaidiha ke Efik Eburutu' titles conferred on them. The Obong described it as very insulting and degrading."


"As a reaction the South East Traditional Rulers Council now said if you want to be king, don't go to another man's land and be king, just come home and aspire if you so qualify we will make you king. 
There are a lot of people who are Ezes in their communities, but they live here in Calabar. They have been so coronated kings in their communities, but you here you have not been recognized/coronated King by your own community and you are calling yourself King in someone's land."

Speaking further, Nwabueze added that, "The Obong council is very angry that in their own community someone is calling himself King. Can there be two kings exiting in one land? This issue has created a big rift between us and the Obong's Council. Because of these we can't go to the Obong Palace and they can't come to us. In those days when we have Igbo day we invite the Obong and he attends our functions we also do likewise to them, most times we present a cow gift to them."

"Those thing have all diminish because of one man's interest. So I felt we need to do something urgently before it boils down to outright breach of public peace, because when the natives tolerate you for a while it will boil down to full flesh conflagration." The President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo said. 


The Press Statement dethroning Chief Emmanuel Ezenwenyi came in 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, and Chief Innocent Chukwuma was seen in a viral video paying a courtesy visit to the dethroned monarch. 

It was therefore, rumored that the visit by the business mogul to the monarch didn't go well with some power blocs, thus the press release dethroning chief Ezenwenyi. 

In his reactions  Barr. Nwabueze disclosed that although the hosting of the Chairman of Innoson motors instigated the press release which enforced the dethronement of the Eze Ndigbo, but the Press release was predicated on an already existing law instituted by the South East Traditional Rulers Council since 2018.


"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 Ezenwenyi reads in full:


In a latest development, a Socio-Cultural group known as NKA INEMESIT MKPARAWA ESSIEN EFIK DUOB-EBA has issued a quit notice to the Eze Ndigbo, Chief Emmanuel Ezenwenyi, asking him to leave the state within the next 7days for Insulting the Obong of Calabar. 



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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