12 Anambra monarchs have been suspended by Governor Willie Obiano for visiting President Muhammadu Buhari last week.This came after the Governor suspended and withdrew the certificate of recognition of the traditional ruler of Ukwulu, Igwe Peter Uyanwa over alleged petitions from his community.
In the circular titled “Suspension of Twelve (12) Traditional Rulers in Anambra State,” dated August 11, 2020 by Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Mr. Greg Obi, it was gathered that the traditional rulers were suspended for embarking on a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari without consultation or approval from the Government.
The suspended monarchs include Igwe Alex Edozieuno of Mkpunando; Igwe Mark Anthony Okonkwo of Alor; Igwe Chukuwma Bob Vincent Orji of Ezinifite; Igwe Engr G.B.C Mbakwe of Abacha; Igwe Chijioke Nwankwo of Nawfia, Igwe Nkeli Nelly of Igbariam, Igwe Anthony Onyekwere of Owelle; Igwe A. N Onwuneme of Ikenga; Igwe Simon Ikechukwu Chidubem of Umumbo; Igwe S. O Uche of Ezira; Igwe Dr Emeka Ilouno of Ifitedunu and Igwe Peter Ikegbunem Udoji of Eziagulu Otu.
The Obi of Onitsha, Alfred Achebe who is chairman of the Council in Anambra; Commissioner of Police and the State Director, Directorate of security services DSS were all copied in the suspension letter in which the monarchs were warned against parading themselves as traditional rulers and directed to stop discharging their functions in their communities.Their membership of Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council was also revoked and their appointment in government committees were also cancelled pending when the suspension is lifted.
The suspension may be lifted at the end of one year, renewed or upgraded in the intervening period depending on government’s review of the conduct of the errant royal fathers.