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NGO Wades Into Community Crisis, As Two Lay Claim To Kingship

Posted: Sep 17, 2015 at 5:29 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Felix Igbekoyi, Asaba

The lingering kingship tussle in Onicha-Olona Kingdom in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State may soon come to an end.

This is because a non-governmental organisation, Conflict Management Alliance (CMA), has initiated moves to bring about solution to the problem.

Recall that two kings recently emerged, after a long vacuum, with each laying claims to the rightful owner of the kingship stool as their respective system of ascension continue to be under serious contention.

Members of CMA led by the chairperson, Dr. (Mrs.) Winnie Obroh during a visit to Uzu Diji said they were on a fact finding mission with a view to bringing peace to the community.

While Prince Dumbili Nwadiajueboe claims to have been enthroned traditionally as the Obi through the hereditary system of ascension, another contender, Christopher Uzu Diji faulted him, arguing that hereditary system was alien to the community.

Uzu Diji noted that the Okpalabisi system based on the gerontocratic principle of the most senior traditional title holder succeeding the incumbent Obi when he joins his ancestors was the system known to the town

Obroh stressed the need for peace to enhance development of the area, and noted that “no community can develop in an atmosphere of crisis, hatred and rancour.”

She said all stakeholders would be consulted and invited to a roundtable where it is hoped that the issue would be amicably resolved.

However, the intervention by the CMA which is being supported by the British Council in collaboration with Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme might hit a brick wall.

This is because the Prime Minister of the Kingdom, Chief Paul Eziashi while welcoming members of the organisation to Uzu Diji’s home, insisted that there would be no shifting of ground on their part.

Eziashi told the visitors that the hereditary system as being advocated by Nwadiajueboe was alien to the community, and the the Okpalabisi system was the only system known to the community since it was founded in the 15th century.

He pointed out that Uzu Diji is the 21st Obi of the town in line with the Okpalabisi system, adding that changing to hereditary monarchy would amount to changing the tradition and custom of the people