“Your Letter Lacks Respect”: Obi of Onitsha Blasts Soludo Over Top Monarch Suspension

“Your Letter Lacks Respect”: Obi of Onitsha Blasts Soludo Over Top Monarch Suspension

  • The Obi of Onitsha has given his strong position on the recent suspension of a traditional ruler in Anambra state
  • In a letter, Nnaemeka Achebe condemned Governor Soludo's move and dragged his commissioner into the "royal rumble"
  • The Obi of Onitsha insisted that the letter backing the monarch's suspension was disrespectful and insensitive

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The Obi of Onitsha, Nnaemeka Achebe, has faulted the suspension of the traditional ruler of the Neni community, Damian Ezeani by the Anambra government.

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Obi of Onitsha has urged Governor Soludo to tread softly as he reacts to the monarch's suspension. Photo credit: Nnaemeka Achebe, Charles Chukwuma Soludo
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Why the monarch was suspended

Recall that on Monday, January 8, Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra state, suspended Ezeani for conferring a chieftaincy title on Ifeanyi Ubah, a senator representing Anambra south district.

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Tony-Collins Nwabunwanne, the commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, had said the code of conduct for traditional rulers in the state mandates that no monarch can confer a chieftaincy title on anyone from outside his community, without obtaining the permission of the traditional ruler of the recipient’s community.

Ubah is from Otolo, a community in Nnewi north LGA of Anambra.

Obi of Onitsha reacts to the monarch's suspension

In a letter dated January 12, Obi of Onitsha, the chairman of Anambra state traditional rulers council (ASTRC), criticised Nwabunwanne for accusing the traditional rulers of the state of conferring traditional titles on individuals for monetary gains, The Cable reported.

The Obi noted that the letter stating the suspension of Ezeani “lacked respect and sensitivity” in addressing traditional rulers in the state.

‘Description of Senator Ifeanyi is offensive’

The Anambra monarch also faulted Nwabunwanne for describing Ubah as “one Senator Ifeanyi Ubah” in the suspension letter, adding that it is “disrespectful and offensive”, The Sun newspaper report added.

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How Soludo coerced apology from monarch's mouth, APC alleges

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that after the recent expression of regret by the Igwe of Neni to Governor Charles Soludo, following his contentious suspension by the Anambra State Government, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has characterised the apology as being coerced.

The APC claims that the apology was prompted by threats from the APGA-led administration to the Igwe.

The APC advises the people of Anambra to dismiss the apology, asserting that when the party assumes power in 2025, it will show due respect to traditional institutions.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that former President Olusegun Obasanjo slammed some Oyo monarchs during his recent visit to the state.

The ex-President was seen in the video commanding local monarchs in Oyo State to stand up and greet him.

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Esther Odili (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Esther Odili is a journalist and a Politics/Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng with 6+ years of experience. Before joining Legit.ng, Esther has worked with other reputable media houses, such as the New Telegraph newspaper and Galaxy Television. She Holds OND and HND in Mass Communication from NIJ, where she was recognized as the best student in print journalism in 2018. Email: esther.odili@corp.legit.ng.