On Tuesday, Governor Rochas Okorocha presented a staff of office to a man identified as Stanley Nwangwu.
Nwangwu, according to the Imo state governor will henceforth be recognized as the “Obi of Obinugwu” – a title which Eze Cletus Ilomuanya has held since 1996.
Read excerpts from the press statement made available to IMO STATE BLOG:
The Executive Governor of Imo State, His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha in exercise of his right in the relevant laws on the issue of traditional rulership in the state has issued a certificate of recognition and staff of office to a new traditional Ruler for Obinugwu autonomous community, HRH Eze Stanley Simeon Anaezionwu Nwangwu. He was recognized and issued staff of office as the Obinugwu of Obinugwu.
The new Eze replaces Cletus Ilomuanya who was recently dethroned by the state government as the traditional ruler of Obinugwu Autonomous Community.
Addressing the people of Obinugwu autonomous community who had come to show solidarity to their new traditional ruler, Governor Okorocha said the people of Obinugwu have been rescued from tyranny, and undue intimidation and harassment. He said the dethronement of the former Eze was an end of a bad era while the emergence of the new traditional ruler was the beginning of a new era of freedom, peace and unity of Obinugwu people.
The governor reiterated that the former Eze, Ilomuanya going about claiming to be still an Eze is an outright impersonation and that it is his power to recognize a traditional ruler or not, adding that those good in dropping the names of prominent people in government should stop doing that.
The governor said the truth about the Obinugwu Ezeship stool has manifested with the new Eze. He said nobody is above the law and that evil must not be encouraged to thrive, stressing that the era of selling the Ezeship stool in Imo state to the highest bidder no matter the person’s shortcomings has come to an end.
The governor regretted that inspite of the removal of Ilomuanya as both the chairman of the state council of traditional rulers and as the Eze of Obinugwu, some security agencies are still aiding him in acts of illegalities.
He enjoined the two new traditional rulers to ensure peace in their communities and assured that the government would leave no stone unturned to give them all the needed powers to function as traditional rulers.
Meanwhile, various groups from the community have staged protests expressing their disapproval of the new Eze. The new traditional ruler was said to have returned to his maternal home in Obinugwu after his mothers marriage packed up with his father.
By this installation, Nwagwu, an indigene of Arondizuogu becomes the first person to be made traditional ruler in his maternal home. Stay tuned.