Anambra community takes protest to Soludo over traditional stool 

Azia community in Ihiala local government area of Anambra state, has staged a protest to Governor Chukwuma Soludo, over traditionaliste stool. 

The traditional ruler elect in the community, Prof Titus Eze, died before his swearing in and since then, the community had been without a monarch. 

Already, 12 persons have indicated interest to suceed the late monarch elect. 

Azia community is one of the six areas in Anambra state that had taken over by insecurity as the residents had vacated the area as a result. 

However, the leaders of the community, led by Odu, Chike Muoghalu and Ichie Benneth Abaniwu, said the community was ready for élection with the help of the state government 

They pleaded with Soludo to caution one of their sons, Felix Ifeanyimuo,  who, according to them, had been trying to cause confusion in the area 

“We the people of Azia community in Ihiala LGA, wish to most graciously, express our profound gratitude to you, Mr. Governor for your uncommon commitment to providing a liveable and prosperous Anambra of our dream. 

“We cannot also thank Mr. Governor enough for entrusting this heavy duty to a competent hand such as the commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community affairs who has guided our community with sound wisdom, advice for peace in Azia with particular reference to his uncommon insistent to do the right thing as a Government by refusing to be induced or influenced.

” We most humbly write to inform Mr Governor that Ndi-Azia is ready to hold a free, fair, transparent and all-inclusive selection process for a new Igwe Il of Azia and to receive the Government’s relevant ministry in charge of custom and tradition to monitor the process with your express approval”they said 

Responding, the state commissioner for local government and chieftaincy matters, Collins Nwabunwanne, commended the chiefs for taking a peaceful approach instead of being violent. 

He assured them that the government would do everything within it’s powers in making sure that peace reigned in Azia. 

However, he told them bluntly that Soludo administration was not in favour of any person, adding that the government would follow whatever the citizens preferred. 

The member representing Ihiala 11 constituency in the state House of Assembly, Hon Golden Illoh, told them that Soludo was à man of honour, who does not like intimidation. 

He assured the people that all the troubles in the community would soon come to an end.


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