According to Punch, the people of Eziowelle community in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State have issued a stern warning to the state government against interfering in their kingship stool selection process. This follows rumors that the government intends to impose a candidate on the community to fill the vacant throne.
The community, through their spokesperson, Chief Boniface Onyeka, stated that they have the right to choose their traditional ruler without any external influence and that any attempt to impose a candidate on them would be resisted. Chief Onyeka added that the community has a well-established process for selecting a new king, which involves consultation with the gods and the community's elders, and that this process should be respected.
The community's warning comes as a result of a recent visit by the state government's delegation to the community, during which they expressed their desire to work with the community in selecting a new traditional ruler. However, the community sees this as an attempt to interfere in their affairs and impose a candidate on them.
The Eziowelle community has a rich cultural heritage, and the selection of a new traditional ruler is a matter of great importance to the community. The community has therefore called on the government to respect their traditions and allow them to choose their own king without interference.
The issue of government interference in traditional rulership selection is not new in Nigeria. In many communities, there have been instances of government officials imposing candidates on communities, leading to conflicts and disputes. The Eziowelle community's warning is therefore a call for the government to respect the traditions and customs of communities and allow them to choose their traditional rulers in accordance with their cultural practices.
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