THE EDUCATOR - August 26 2019

Abia Monarch Decries Worsening insecurity in Nigeria

  • Says Igbos are unfairly treated in Nigeria
  • Urges Gov. Ikpeazu to give priority to salary payment

The traditional ruler of Umutowe autonomous community, Olokoro Umuahia South LGA of Abia state, Eze Godfrey C. Onwuka has decried the high rate of insecurity in the country, adding that he expected more from president Buhari especially in the areas of security because of his  military background and someone who was once a general in the Nigeria army.

The traditional ruler stated this while interacting with press men in his palace as he celebrates 2019 new yam festival.

He stated that the worsening security situation in the country was worrisome and that he was not pleased with the leadership style of the president
Eze Onwuka revealed that new yam festival is an old age festival celebrated across Igbo land.

He pointed that the festival has been modernised to suit the Christian faith and most often it start with a church service to thank God for a bountiful harvest. 
The Towe 1 of Umutowe autonomous community stated that Iriji festival is not fetish as some people thinks, and added that he celebrated last year festival with Full Gospel Business Men Fellowship.

He said since inception as a traditional ruler he had never poured libation to any gods, and called on Abia and the south east governors to look out for a way where the Iriji festival can be a source of tourism across the zone.

The monarch further frown at the attitude of Mr president towards giving appointment to the people of south east, he noted that Igbos are denied a lot of benefit in the country, "one of the things I query is why the  high cut off marks for the south east as against lower marks for other zones in examination especially the North, the south east is among top ten states with Abia first  in the just concluded West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) and after all  this the North are given the best positions denying those who have performed better".

Reacting over Senator Ike Ekweremadu’s attack in Germany the traditional ruler in strong terms condemned the attack, pointing that one cannot get anything through violence.  

He maintained that Ekweremadu is a senator, and not the federal or state government and has limited power to attract development as expected by the people.
He however warned against misleading information over what is happening at home, which he said might have fueled the attack, adding that he was surprised when the rumour went viral in internet that traditional rulers in Olokoro have given out land for RUGA which was a fake news.

He decried the rate at which herdsmen destroys farmers crops in his community noting that the problems would soon be over as the transition committee chairman of Umuahia south LGA chief Nabour  Onwukaike has recently set up a seven man Resolution and Conflict committee comprising of farmers, herders, police and DSS headed by the Deputy Transition Committee chairman of the LGA with a charge to bring to an end the crisis between farmers and herders.

The traditional ruler called on Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to give priorities to the payment of salaries and pensioners adding that when workers are paid it will have ripple effect on the state economy as money would be in circulation.