The traditional institution responsible for selecting the monarch in Arochukwu Kingdom, specifically the Okennachi Kindred, has formally endorsed Prince Eberechukwu Oji as the rightful king. In an official communiqué following their Annual General Meeting on January 1, 2024, the kingmakers emphasized the transparency of the selection process, dismissing any other claimant as an impostor.
The document, jointly signed by key figures, stated that Prince Eberechukwu Oji emerged through an evaluation and selection process, supported by all princes interested in the throne.
Prince Eberechukwu Oji’s selection, conducted on October 18, 2023, by the Okennachi Kindred Eze Aro committee, received a verdict of 5:2 in his favor. The decision, considered final and irrevocable, followed traditional processes and was endorsed by the three Otusi constituting Okennachi.
The communiqué addressed the issue of the father being alive, noting that older princes in the line of succession voluntarily waived their rights in compliance with cultural realities, blessing younger princes to assume their slots.
The statement also touched upon the controversy surrounding Godwin Idei’s crowning by the suspended Eze Ibom Isii, deeming it an abomination requiring traditional cleansing. Okennachi Kindred asserted that this act amounted to interference in their affairs, breaching the Aro Kingdom forebears’ covenant and necessitating atonement and cleansing.
Despite these challenges, the Okennachi Kindred expressed commitment to upholding ancient covenants and fostering harmony, prosperity, and a renaissance in Arochukwu Kingdom, calling on Umu Aro and all kindreds to unite for the collective well-being of the community.
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