Anambra community crowns new monarch, 10 years after
By Phil Okose, Onitsha
The Anambra state government has issued a certificate of office to Chief Chris Chibuogu Ndibe as the traditional ruler of Umuolum in Ayamelum local government area, after 10 years of vacuum in the traditional headship of the community.
Igwe Ndibe, Igwe N’Ewu Ndo 1 of Umolum and his cabinet chiefs, during the annual meeting of the community on Wednesday extended hands of fellowship to some persons in the community who also contested for the throne.
A chieftain in the community and member of the Igwe ‘s cabinet, Chief Anierobi Mocha, told newsmen that, in appreciation of the development, the monarch and his cabinet chiefs had already constituted a 10-man reconciliation committee to meet with aggrieved contestants for the throne – Chiefs Mike Udemezue Okoye and Johnson Emena Obiora.
Okoye had been regarded as the Igwe-elect of the community since February 20, 2011 before a certificate of recognition was issued to Ndibe few months ago by the commissioner for local government and chieftaincy matters, Mr. Greg Obi.
Recall that Umuolum community had been without a traditional ruler since the demise and last Ofala of Igwe Benjamin Nkwute Achebe in 2008.
The new monarch told his cabinet chiefs at his palace last week that efforts were being made towards ensuring that peace returned to the kingdom in order to move the community forward and, therefore, solicited their support.