By Michael Nnamah
The Transition Committee Chairman of Awka South Local Government, Hon. Leo Nwuba, has commended the people of Amawbia in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State, for peacefully selecting their traditional ruler.
He made the commendation during the presentation of the Igwe-elect Chief, Chinyelu Nworah Molokwu, January 7, in his office.
It will be recalled that the former monarch, Okpaligwe I of Amawbia, joined his ancestors early last year, prompting the selection of a successor. Chief Chinyelu Nworah Molokwu emerged as the new monarch ahead of four other contenders in an election described as observers as free, fair and peaceful.
Presenting the Igwe-elect to the TC Chairman, the President-General of Amawbia Town Union, Comrade Joseph Ebele Nwufo, informed the chairman that his people had done the needful in accordance with the Anambra State Traditional Rulers’ Council Law and the Constitution of Amawbia.
The TC Chairman advised the President-General to work in tandem with the Igwe-elect, while he advised the new monarch Igwe to refrain from abusing his office.
He further stated that the Igwe’s functions were distinct from those of the PG, as the Igwe was the Chief Security Officer and the custodian of the traditions of the community, while the PG’s functions centred around administrative duties of the town.
The TC Chairman promised to present the Igwe-elect to the State Governor for recognition and presentation of certificate and called on the people of Amawbia to support the new Igwe in order for him to succeed.
For his part, the Igwe-elect expressed his appreciation for the honour done to him by his people, promising to carry everybody along.
The President-General, in his speech, thanked the TC Chairman for the cooperation and warm reception he accorded his people during the visit.
The member representing Awka South II in the Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon. Chukwuma Okoye, who was among the dignitaries, expressed joy that the election of the town’s traditional ruler went well and urged his people to cooperate with the new traditional ruler for the progress of the town.
Also speaking at the event, the oldest Ozo titled man in Amawbia, Chief Dan Maduka, remarked that the selection and eventual presentation of the Igwe to the Chairman was God’s doing and pledged his solidarity to the Igwe-elect; even as he called on all to support the Igwe as the one holding the Ofo Amawbia.
The event was attended by such dignitaries as Ozo Emma Okoye; Ozo Felix Nzeamalu; Nze Felix Igwedibia (the oldest man in Amawbia); Nze Christopher Odumodu; Nze Louis Akah; Prof. Eleazar Ofodile and other important personalities in Amawbia.