By Ochuko Akuopha
OBIARUKU—UKWUANI Social Improvement League, USIL, has condemned the suspension of the Ukwata 1 of Umukwata Kingdom, Ukwuani Local Government Area, HRM Friday Abaja, by the Delta State Government, describing it as an affront on the traditional institution.
Recall that the state government through its Directorate of Chieftaincy Affairs had slammed a six-month suspension on the traditional ruler for alleged acts inimical to peace, order and good governance.
Reacting to the development, USIL, in a statement by its Chairman, Mr. Chidi Uwabuofu, said the suspension was “a deliberate attempt to ridicule and undermine our traditional institution and also to bring the entire Ukwuani nation to public disrepute.”
Urging the state government to “desist from undue interference in the socio-political and cultural affairs of the people”, the statement said: “We have reasons to believe that the suspension of the king has a political undertone.
“The said suspension may have been occasioned by the king’s political anonymity throughout the electioneering period.”
It urged Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to withdraw the suspension and tender an unreserved apology to Ukwuani people.
Stressing the need for the government “to state “clearly and unequivocally, the offence committed by the king”, the statement said the monarch had “singlehandedly transformed the Umukwata kingdom.”