By AbdulSalam Muhammad
KANO – The struggle for political relevance among the various interest groups of Igbo extraction resident in Kano took a new dimension, yesterday, following the presentation of a new Eze Ndigbo, Chief Chiejina Nnaji, to the public.
The ceremony, which was attended by Shekarauâ€™s Special Adviser on Inter-Community Relations, Chief Chris Azuka, was performed under tight security in Sabon Gari area of the city as the police in Kano declared the crisis a â€˜threat to peaceâ€™.
Vanguard learnt that the succession dispute into Eze Ndigbo seat was created by the death of O. T. Nnandi,Â Â the 3rd Eze who died in suspension in October last year and the coronation of Chief Boniface Ibekwe as the 4th Eze in a colourful ceremony during the mourning period.
Vanguard learnt that the Eze stool has been a subject of controversy in the city following the institution of the title decades ago, as the 2nd Eze, Eze Bishop Okonkwo was shot dead in broad daylight by his business partner in 1989 at a popular textile market in the heart of the commercial city.
The new EzeÂ was theÂ former President and Grand Patron, Enugu State Community Association, Kano told journalists shortly after the formal presentation that the ICA is happy to introduce to the people and the general public the distinguished gentleman who has emerged as the successor (Elect).
Abdullahi Obinwa revealed that the new Eze, Chief Chiejina Nnaji was theÂ former President and Grand Patron, Enugu State Community Association, Kano, adding that out of the 10 procedures which should be followed to legalize the appointment of a new Eze Ndi Igbo, Kano, the community has reached seven which is more than halfÂ â€œand we are glad that this stage was reached in consensus and harmonyâ€, he remarked.
Alhaji Obinwas stated that the transition they are engaged in came at a time when the institution of Eze Igbo in Diaspora is undergoing stern review by the South-East Council of Traditional Rulers, the supreme collective source of Igbo traditional authority on earth today.
He said the exercise they had embarked upon was primarily the succession of the late Eze Igbo Kano; however the title of the successor will be different from that of his predecessor.
The new title is ONYE NDU (SARKI) NDI IGBO KANO, saying that this is in line with the directive of the South-East Council of Traditional Rulers, the repository of Igbo traditional authority.
The Eze Council Secretary added that the source of authority of the Onye Ndu (Sarki) will be multiple, saying that he will turbaned by the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero.