Some residents of Umunbo community in Ayamelum local government area of Anambra state have commended Governor Willie Obiano for his developmental strides especially in the area of upholding and promoting the peoples culture and tradition.
In an interview with Radio Nigeria, the people said the recent suspension of some traditional rulers no doubt was a clear indication that the present administration meant well for the people.
Correspondent reports that the farmers however called for speedy completion of ongoing road project in the area to enable them evacuate their agricultural produce.
Umunbo is one of the agrarian communities that is known for their interest in farming activities especially rice, cassava and other crops.
However according to the President General of Umumbo, Mr Tony Nnamah, the farmers are beginning to loose interest in agriculture partly because of inconsistent attitude of their suspended traditional ruler, who he alleged was not coming out to condemn herdsmen attacks on his subjects.
According to him, the recent developments that led to the suspension of twelve traditional rulers including their own, was a confirmation of the call by the people for the total removal of their own king.
“The council of elders , women , youths and leadership of Umunbo Community exonerate herself from the act of sabotage and discretion of the office of the governor of Anambra state by the traditional ruler of Umunbo , Igwe Simeon Ikechukwu Chidube.
“He was imposed on the people by some cabals against the choice of the people and we are no longer comfortable with his attitude and therefore appeal for his dethronement”
Another resident , Mrs Cecilia Okoye regretted that the women no longer feel comfortable going to the farms due to the activities of herdsmen blaming the situation on the traditional ruler of their community.
For Chief Reuben Nduba, a rice farmer, the present administration was the first to award contract for road construction in the area and must not be distracted by any individual.
Chief Willie Obiano is a savior as his administration has done a lot to Umunbo people. The first time we are seeing tarred road is entering our town was courtesy of the present government . Apart from traveling to Abuja without government approval , Our Igwe has been involved in a lot of issues and he is no longer fit to continue as our traditional ruler. “
Another resident , Chief Hyncenth Agbata appealed to the state government to do the needful to ensure that peace is sustained in the area.
“Our traditional Ruler is not after our interest, all he seeks is for himself. We had issues with Omor community, up till now he never asked us what happened. We are pleading with the governor to please remove him as our Igwe. “
On his part, Mr Basil Okeke narrated that though the community was lagging behind in terms of development , the suspension of the traditional rulers was a right step in the right direction.
In an interview, the suspended traditional ruler of Umunbo, Igwe Simeon Chidube Said as a leader and a member of the state Committee on cattle menace, he was making sure that peace existed between them and herdsmen and never collected any financial kick back from anyone.
” the governor gave me suspension, you have not even waited for it to last and you are saying you want me removed? is that not laughable? As a member of the state Committee on Cattle menace i was doing what i should do which is bringing peace and ensuring that my people and the headsmen co exist peacefully. I cant challenge government on land use act, how can they say i am selling land to the same government it belongs to, that is not proper. “
He therefore called on the people to remain calm and peaceful as they continue to go about their farming activities.