Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Elders to DTSG, Your Approval of Abah-Unor Kinship Stool was done Without Consultations

..as Elders caution against breaching peace in the Community.

...says approval is illegal as they were not Consulted.

....says case is at Ogwashi-Uku High Court awaiting Judgement.

....says the throne was ursurped from the original heir to the throne against the Community customs and traditions.

....urged the State Government to set up panel of inquiry for Community Peaceful existence.

By Victor Bieni

ABAH-UNOR- Mixed reactions greeted the recent Report as published on Tuesday last week by one of the popular grassroots online News called "Asaba Metro", who quoted the Delta State Hon. Commissioner for information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu that at the Executive meeting it was noted that the Delta State Government led by His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa has approved the stool of the  Kingship of Abah-Unor.

Abah-Unor is a Community in Aniocha- South Local Government Area of Delta State. The Community Elders in a press statement signed by the eldest man in each of the quarters of the Community and made available to some group of Journalists in Asaba, Delta State capital questioned the rationale that prompted the State Government to breach it's cardinal objectives on commitment  to peace building as one of the Smart and stronger Delta Agenda.

The Community elder's Council asserted that the state Government is well abreast with the sad development in the community regarding two persons laying claim to the throne of the town. Where one faction contends that the throne belongs to the lineage of Prince Young Ezeana Nwaezeaba. A few are in Support of Prince Innocent Maduabunachukwu who now seemingly enjoys the backing of the State Government.

The undersigned Community Elder's Council from the four quarters of Abah-Unor Community are: Chief Johnson Nwanochie Azuonye(Ogbe-Uzu Quarters), Diokpa Chukwuji Ossai (Umushu Quarters), Chief Isaiah Nwokolo ( Ugboko Quarters), and Mr  Christopher Okoh (Idumu- Ugbo Quarters), the  Ukwelegwe of Idumu-Ugbo Quarters, who affirmed that the State Government on the Kingship Stool acted against its stand on Community relations and peace building in that this matter has been reported to all the appropriate authorities of Government for intervention and eventual solution without response or reply from the State Government, or any of its functionaries.

The Community Elders also stated that the State Government should work towards restoring peace in the Community by imbibing the spirit of proper consultation of Community Stakeholders, especially as the matter of who is the rightful person to ascend to the  throne is the subject of litigation in a court of competent jurisdiction.

Abah-Unor Community Elders added that the Government will do well not to lend its support to any of the contending parties but advise them to maintain the status quo pending the outcome of the matter in  court.

Abah-Unor, a peaceful Community founded in early 5th Century, and had Obi Kpalakpala as its first Monarch. The town maintained a peaceful throne for Centuries. By custom and tradition, the throne is ascended to by the first son of the King. It is a Monarchical system by primogeniture whereby  the first son of the King is entitled to succeed the King on his demise.

The Elders went down memory lane to assert that the crisis started in early 1940s when the then reigning King, Obi Nwokolo died. Instead of his rightful heir Late Prince John Obi Ezeana becoming the King his younger brother Late Obi Okwudiogor ursurped the throne. The reign of Obi Okwudiogor was characterised  by agitation and quest to return the throne to rightful heir, Late Prince John Obi Ezeana.

However upon the demise of Obi Okwudiogor, who reigned against the tradition and custom of Abah-Unor people, his adopted son was forced on the people as Obi Maduabunachukwu.

Abah-Unor Community Elders added that Obi Maduabunachukwu reached an agreement with the Community Stakeholders that after his reign as the King that the Kingship should be returned to the original heir to the throne but reverse has become the case, After his demise, one of his son, Prince Innocent Maduabunachukwu who was not corronated according to custom started parading himself as the Obi, which led to the current crisis in the Community.

Therefore the elders urged the State Government to suspend the said approval and allow the Judiciary to determine the rightful heir to the throne to avert pending pandemonium in the Community.

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