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Traditional stool tears Anambra community apart

By Vincent Ujumadu

Awka—TENSION is mounting in Oraukwu community, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra, State following crisis that erupted in the area over the selection of the traditional ruler for the town.

Since the demise of the former traditional ruler of the community five years ago, it had been difficult for the king-makers to agree on the modality for the selection of the replacement for the late monarch.

Vanguard gathered that while most people of the community insist that the constitution of the town must be followed strictly in selecting a new monarch, a group came up with the argument that certain rigid measures should be dropped in order to make the selection easier.

Meanwhile, recently, the group that wants the community to drop some aspects of the selection processes tried to force the regent of the town, Chief F. Chiedu to anoint a particular aspirant as the next traditional ruler without going through the laid down processes.

Chiedu told Vanguard in his palace at Oraukwu that most members of his cabinet insisted that the constitution of the town must be strictly followed to the letter in selecting the new traditional ruler.

He argued that as the custodian of the customs and traditions of the people, he will not compromise the constitution of Oraukwu on the matter, adding that most people in the community also insist that an unpopular candidate should not be foisted on them.

He said: “Igweship in Oraukwu rotates among the villages that make up the community. Usually, the village whose turn it is to produce the Igwe nominates three candidates from which one would be elected and crowned the traditional ruler.”



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