..As Obosi Celebrates Obiora Festival
By Uzo Ugwunze
The traditional ruler of Obosi community in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, HRM Igwe Chidubem Iweka (Eze Iweka III of Obosi Ukwalla ancient kingdom) has called on the five South East(SE) Governors and other Igbo stakeholders to urgently convene a Consultative Assembly to tackle terrorism and insecurity in Igboland saying that before now such spate of terrorism witnessed in some parts of the states was alien to the SE geopolitical zone.
Eze Iweka III made the call during the prestigious annual Obiora Obosi cultural festival which held in his palace.
According to the monarch, in consideration of the deliberately-imported terrorism in Igboland, I hereby call on Igbo stakeholders, billionaires and think-tanks, to urgently convene a consultative Assembly in conjunction with State Governments, Traditional rulers, and Presidents General (PGs) to devise effective modalities to rescue Igboland from the clutches of imported terrorists and kidnappers.
He also advised Obosi residents to stay away from robbery, kidnapping, cultism, hard drugs, fraud (419) and other forms of criminality.
“Yes we know that you are all going through very difficult times not only in Obosi but in the entire country, but that is no excuse to indulge in any form of criminality.
“Criminals always get caught in the end, either by the long hands of the law or by the mighty hands of God. Nemesis will catch up with you sooner or later. Find other possible legal alternatives to make money, no matter how lowly”.
“It is time for our young men of Obosi to emulate fellow Igbo youths in learning trades, skills and engaging in various commercial ventures”, advised Eze Iweka.
The monarch commended, Chief G. C Osakwe(Odu nkata ukwu Obosi), Chief Chinedu Uyammadu(Odogwu Obosi), the former Chairman Nigeria Medical Association,NMA Anambra State, Chief Dr. Emma Muonago(Igweoba Obosi), PG Obosi, Barrister Chimezie Obi, the President of Obosi Urban Landlords association, Chief Emeka Asimonye(Dikedioramma Obosi),MD Ezinne Children’s hospital, Dame Dr. Ezigbo Onwuekwe(Mmiliaku Ogidi), among other illustrious sons and daughters of Obosi for not only sponsoring the 2023 Obiora festival, but also contributing towards the development of Obosi town.
The aforementioned all described Obiora festival as a period of celebrating yam as the king of crops, celebrating peace in Obosi community and thanking God for bountiful harvesty.
“The ancients of Obosi kingdom assigned peace to the yam harvest. Peace is mandatory during the Obiora week. Mutual love, forgiveness, giving and sharing is practiced, anyone caught fighting is heavily fined by Ndi Omenani”you.
They prayed God to continue to endow Eze Obosi with more wisdom, health and long life as he continues to rule the great Obosi ukwalla kingdom in peace and prosperity.
Moreover, the President-General of Obosi Development Union, Barrister Chimezie Obi disclosed that the town union, under his leadership has devised a means of raiding criminal hideouts frequently to wipe out criminals from the area.
Obi disclosed that during the most recent episode of such a raid, about eight suspected criminals were apprehended from their hideouts with their dangerous weapons and handed them over to the police for thorough investigations and possible prosecution.
“We will no longer fold our hands and watch criminals overrun this community as they did in the past, to the extent of assassinating the past President-General of ODU, Chief Ikechukwu Okolo just because he was trying to fight them to a standstill,” Obi affirmed.
Highlights of the occasion after the cutting of the yam(ikpoonunu) and feeding the children includes the chieftaincy decoration and honoring of Chief Sir Chibuzor Okeke from Nkpor community with the title of “Okeosisi Obosi’ by Eze Iweka III na Ndi Ichie Obosi.
Responding after the chieftaincy title, Chief Sir Chibuzor Okeke(Okeosisi Obosi) eulogized Igwe Dubem Iweka as an accommodative king which recognizes the good in others praying God to prosper his reign.