Thursday, 16 March 2017

Jubilation as Nanka community New monarch gets govt. recognition

By Okechukwu Onuegbu 

The long battle over the traditional ruler ship of Nanka community, Orumba South Local Government Area, Anambra state has come to an end following the recognition of Igwe Godwin Ezekunie Ezeilo as the traditional ruler of the community.
Igwe Ezeilo, during the town’s election on January 2017, emerged victorious with 181 votes while other contestants, Chief Nathan Nwodika and Okwudili Ezeugwa polled 31 and 18 votes respectively. The three contestants hail from Ifite village, Nanka, whose turn it was to produce the monarch.

The State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, while issuing a certificate of recognition to the new monarch who now assumes the traditional title of “Obu Nanka” at the Governors Lodge, Amawbia, charged him to use his new position to reconcile and unite all the people of the community, including those who lost the Igweship contest.

The governor also solicited for the Igwe’s support to government programmes and policies, adding that the state government would always protect the interests and dignity of the traditional stool.

In a remark, the traditional ruler of Onitsha and Chairman, Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council, Obi Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, urged the monarch to always act as a father by reconciling all the warring factions following the conduct of January 4th election which he emerged victorious.

Speaking in an interview, a Legal Adviser to Nanka Patriotic Union and NBA chairman, Aguata Branch, Mr. Clifford Iloegbune Okoye thanked Gov. Obiano for restoring peace to the community by issuing a certificate of recognition to the new monarch.

On his part, the President -General, Nanka Patriotic Union, Mr. Bernard Onyekwelu, while urging all parties to sheath their sword and work for the development of the community, restated that the emergence of the monarch followed strict dictates and adherence to Nnaka community constitution.

Contributing, two illustrious sons of the community, Chief Okwudili Ezenwankwo, President- General, Anambra State Markets Amalgamation Traders Associations (AMATAS), and Chief Peter Chinedu, the Chairman, Chipet Petroleum, called for unity among the people of the community.

They also commended Gov. Obiano for standing against violent crimes across the state which they said helped in eliminating criminal elements from the area.



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