ByÂ Uduma Kalu
LAGOSâ€”Embattled Eze-Igbo Lagos Chief Nwabueze Ohazulike, has said that the Igbo institution in the country has come to stay.
He also described the attempt to ban his office by the Lagos state government and the South East Traditional Rulers as mere distraction from the real issues facing the Igbo people.
The South East monarchs had condemned the existence of the office of the Eze Igbo outside Igboland and had written all state Governors to derecognise the offices in their states, forcing the Lagos state government to ban the office in the state.
But at the annual New Yam Festival (Iri Ji) of the Igbo weekend, in Fagba, Lagos, Ohazulike said the move will fail as his group, having fulfilled the Corporate Affairs Commission requirements 10 years ago, is a legal entity with all rights guaranteed by the constitution.
Ohazulike accused the South East Traditional Rulers of anti party activities and reminded the crowd that attended his festival of how the Eze Igbo institution came to be in Lagos, with the presentation of the organisation by the late Oba of Lagos, Adeyinka Oyekan 11, as sole custodian of Igbo culture and tradition in the state in 2000.
â€œWe are a legal person with all rights and benefits as enshrined in the constitution of this country,â€ he argued.