Governor Obiano has presented certificates of recognition to the traditional rulers of Ezi-Agulu-Otu Aguleri and Mkpunando Aguleri.
The Governor made the presentations at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.
While Igwe Lawrence Nwafia was recognised as the traditional ruler of Ezi-Agulu-Otu Aguleri, Igwe Johnson Mbanefo was recognised as the traditional ruler of Mkpunando Aguleri.
The certificate presentation was sequel to the dethronement of the former traditional rulers of the two communities by their subjects, following their suspension by the state government for misconduct.
The governor charged traditional rulers in the state to uphold the customs and traditions of their communities, stressing that custom and tradition are supreme, adding that nobody is indispensable as such should respect their customs and charged them to bring their community members together.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Greg Obi said that the activities surrounding the certificate presentation are in line with the law of the state and explained that the power to enthrone or dethrone traditional rulers rests on members of the communities, subject to ratification by the state government after examining the circumstances.
Obi cautioned individuals parading themselves as traditional rulers to desist as the state Attorney General and the police have been instructed to bring such people to book under the law.
Also speaking, the traditional ruler of Onitsha and Chairman of South East Traditional Rulers’ Council, Igwe Alfred Achebe reminded the new royal fathers of the need to bring their community members under one umbrella in total respect for truth and uprightness.
He asked them to endeavour to attend their council meetings and support what they do, adding that their role should be geared towards making Anambra a better place.
Responding, the new traditional rulers promised to work with the government to ensure lasting peace in their communities.
Also present at the occasion were the traditional rulers of Mbaukwu, Okpuno and Aguleri, Igwe Peter Anugwu, Igwe Sunday Okafor and Igwe Michael Idigo respectively.
Others present were President General of ASATU, Chief Alex Onukwue, Anambra State Chairman of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, Chief Damian Ogene, member representing Anambra East in the state House of Assembly, Obinna Emenaka, among others.