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Nri traditional ruler not dead- community


Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra State

By Francis Onyeukwu

 The Nri people of Anambra, the ancestral home of Igbo tribe have described as false, news making the rounds that their traditional ruler, Igwe Obidiegwu Onyeso, has died.The Chairman of Nze N’ozo title holders in Nri, Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra, Chief Emelie Okika, made the clarification on Wednesday in an interview with journalists in Anaocha.

Okika said that Onyeso embarked on a journey which he said would take him out for seven years before his return.

“We are expecting Onyeso back in the next seven years,the community has customs and traditions which it treasures so much on issues of death,” he said.

“Our traditional ruler does not die, customarily, we are to announce to the public whenever he embarks on a journey which usually lasts seven years.

‘’Until all necessary customs are observed, anyone who announces himself as king will face serious challenges.’’

He said it was incumbent on the community council to hold brief until the traditional ruler returns.

“We are making it clear that nobody has been selected as Nri traditional ruler’’.

Okika, who is the Chairman of the council, warned that anybody parading himself as crown prince or regent was doing so at his own peril.

“It would be ridiculous for Nri kingdom to engage in any of such debates as it is settled the world over, Nri is the ancestral home of Igbo people.”

Some people had in the recent time come up with the argument that either Igboukwu or Aguleri, both in Anambra, are the ancestral home of the Igbo people.

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