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TRADITIONAL RULERS STOPPED EZEIGBO INSTALLATION IN CALABAR

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THERE ARE PROBLEMS AS CROSS RIVER STATES TRADITIONAL RULERS STOPPED EZEIGBO INSTALLATION IN CALABAR.

Serious controversy is  surrounding the coronation of the Igbo leader in Cross River States popularly known as “Ezeigbo”.

The Ezeigbo title is a title given to the person by a particular Igbo group outside Igbo land. It is always given to a person whom Igbos outside Igbo land have  chosen to govern them.

Moreover,  there are lots of things considered before chosen an individual for Ezeigbo. Nevertheless,  the main Igbo traditional ruler  (the Eze) undergoes a lot before coronation. There is thorough  screenings, cleansing and rituals before the attainment of the Igbo kingship.

Often times, the kingship title is hereditary. From the father to the most qualified son. It is a secred office not meant for everyone.

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It was on this basis that the Cross River State Traditional Rulers Council prohibited the Ezeigbo. They therefore, stopped  the installation of Sir E. A. Ezenwenyi  (KSS, KSM, JP) as Ezeigbo of Cross River State.

The traditional rulers in a press release dated 13th November 2018 stopped the installation. The lettet was  signed by HRM Etim Okon Edet and HRM Barr.Patrick Oqua Agbor.

In the letter, it is stated vehemently that Igbos in Cross River State has right to choose their leader.  But must not go with the name “Ezeigbo”.

THE LETTER

“Igbo have right to assemble as a  community in Cross River State. They can use titles like President General of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, President of Igbo community,etc. But not with the revered traditional title reserved for Igbo monarch in individual Igbo Kingdom”.

“The leader must not  bear the title of His Majesty  (HM), His Royal Highness (HRH), or His Highness  (HH).  These  are revered titles for traditional rulers. Igbo leaders in Cross River State must not award Chieftaincy titles of any nature  both traditional and Honorary to  anyone in Calabar”.

“Ezenwenyi must never be installed as Ezeigbo but as leader of Igbo community Cross River State.  Igbos in Cross River have the right to celebrate their day as they wish. They may invite the traditional rulers from within and outside the State if they wish”.

It was not stated if the prohibition is politically motivated or coming from the Igbo traditional rulers at the home front.

(Wisconsin, told Caters News)

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