There is confusion in Nawfia in Njikoka Local government area of Anambra State, as two traditional rulers lay claim to the stool. Each of them is claiming to be the authentic, recognize head of the community.
The two monarchs fighting over the stool are Igwe Daniel Obelle, who was installed in 2022, and Igwe Chijioke Nwankwo, who ascended the throne about 20 years ago.
Nwankwo, was allegedly, removed by the former governor of the State, Chief Willie Obiano, alongside 12 others for visiting former President Muhammadu Buhari with the oil magnate, Prince Arthur Eze without seeking the permission and approval from the governor.
The certificate was therefore withdrawn from him and since then, it has not been returned, hence, the decision of the community to install Dan Obelle, as its new monarch. The squabble became intense on September 15, when Nwankwo celebrated the new yam festival, warning anyone from the community not to take instructions from anyone else, as anyone who does that is doing at his or her own peril.
However, on Friday, Igwe Obelle, successfully, held another celebration of the New Yam Festival despite Nwankwo’s directive, describing Nwankwo as an impostor, who became a regent when his father was killed.
Addressing newsmen on Thursday in his palace in Nawfia, in the presence of his cabinet members, Obelle, stated,
“The reason for this is because of Nwankwo, who has been parading himself as the monarch. Every person in the community knows he’s a regent and not Igwe since 2001 and the regency expired after five years.
“His presence is a big distraction to the community, but we’re handling it. We’ve notified the police, DSS, LG chairman, and government among others. He’s existing in the air. I was duly elected on Feb 26, 2022, and on March 11th, 2022, the government issued a Certificate to me,” Igwe Obelle said.
He vowed that no one can take his thrown from him, as Nawfia people recognizes him and is solidly behind him. He equally mentioned that evil can never befall the people of Nawfia, as they are good people
“I’m on a rescue mission in the community. I’ve been going round the villages to talk peace with everybody and by his grace, we’re succeeding.”
Currently, the fight has plunged the indigenes of the community it outer confusion and anxiety, they are surprised by the turn of events in the community which has been peaceful and calm for decades.
SOURCE: Daily trust
IMAGE: Ndi Eze