Ebonyi community protest allege imposition of monarch

The People of Nkomoro Community in Ezza North local government area of Ebonyi state on Wednesday protested against the choice of Chief Jacob Nwakpa, a former Resident Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commissioner(INEC) as their new traditional ruler.

NKomoro community Blueprint learnt was made up of two clan, Oriuzor and Izzo with eight kindred.

While Izzo according to their constitution had taken their turn, it now fall on Oriuzor community to produce a traditional ruler.

But people from the community protested to the old government House Abakaliki, police command and to the office of the state commissioner of local government and Chieftaincy Matter.

They called on Governor Francis Nwifuru and the state Commissioner of Police, Augustina Ogbodo to wade into the chieftaincy tussle in the area to prevent breakdown of law and other.

The people also urged the ministry of local government and chieftaincy matters to allow them to freely choose who will be their king.

Traditional Prime Minister of the Community, Livinus Eze who was among the community leaders that led the protesters said “we are hearing that one of our illustrious son, Jacob Nwakpa has been made traditional ruler of our community. We are surprised to here this because there are processes that must be followed before a traditional ruler emerged in the community and those processes were not followed.

“We have eight kindreds in the community and each of the kindreds must bring 4 persons who will nominate who be a traditional ruler in our community.

“When these kindreds nominate the traditional ruler, they will bring the person to the entire community for approval. This is how it is done in our community and not what some selfish and greedy politicians want to do.

“We are hearing on radio that a traditional ruler has been chosen in our community and that he will be coronated on Saturday this week. This is why we are protesting against it. The right thing must be followed and that is what we want.

“We have not chosen our traditional ruler, we are still mourning our traditional ruler who died a year ago. We don’t want trouble, we want peace in Nkomoro community”.

Addressing the protesters in his office, the state Commissioner for local government and chieftaincy matters, Uchenna Igwe assured them that their matter would be looked into.

He noted that the present administration in the state was enthroning peace and reconciliation in all parts of the state and urged them to ensure peace in their agitation.

“I want to inform you that there is no Ezeogo in Nkomoro community, there is no traditional ruler in that community.

‘Anybody who wants to be a traditional ruler should go and consult his people and stand election. Whoever that wants to contest should go and contest. At the end of the day, one person from that community will definitely emerge and the person that will emerge will be coronated.

” This is what we are doing, we don’t look at money otherwise this peace we are enthroning in different parts of the state, you would have been seeing different things”, he state.

When contacted, Nwakpa said he was not the one pushing himself to be the traditional ruler of the community but his people who approached him and begged him to be their king.

He noted that the community was divided into two clans and that according to the it’s constitution, the Nkomoro traditional stool must rotate among the two clans; Izzi and Oriuzor.