Tobias Ekirika, Onitsha
The newly elected traditional ruler of Umueri, Anambra East Local Government Area, Anambra state, Igwe Benneth Emeka, last Saturday regretted that his community has a long way to go in terms of infrastructural development adding; “we were heavily devastated by the iner communal war between us and our brothers (Aguleri) coupled with the fact that we were without a king for 21 years,” he said.
Making the disclosure when the Onitsha based Journalists paid him a courtesy call in his palace, Igwe Emeka said; “my interest now is to ensure unity and peace within the community and our neighbours”
“The 1995 war between us and our brother (Aguleri) brought us back, for 21 years and it affected most as there was no monarch in our community and now that God has made me the monarch of Umueri, we need development,” If we Nnaemeka noted.
“We need the Governor’s assistance, he is our brother and within three years, it is clear that he has done very well and deserves second term.
“The devastating effect of the war is still telling on most families and they have not been able to recover from the shock and trauma it caused” he revealed further.
On the Igweship crisis which also worsened the situation he stated that; “there is now a new constitution which says that when a
traditional ruler dies, the community would be informed and after three months, the burial ceremony comes up within six months to avoid prolong burial and presentation of a new monarch,” the new king of the Okebos stated.
It would be recalled that Igwe Emeka who was elected because of his philanthropy solely has built the Cathedral Church of St Gabriel at Umueri in 2007, including
hospital, construction of a five-classroom bloc and graded most of the major roads and he built also the townhall at Portharcourt which yearly yields about #4million to the community.
Also on the crisis rocking the stte House of Assembly he said; “there is no reason to have crisis there because majority (if not all) are
members of APGA and we have waded into the matter and it is being solved”