Nri In Anambra To Sue Nnamdi Kano For Taboo


Nri community in Aniocha Local Government Area

of Anambra has threatened to sue Mazi Nnamdi

Kanu, the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra

(IPOB), for alleged taboo in Nri culture.

Chief Ifeanyi Onyesoh, the Personal Assistant to

Eze Obidiegwu Onyesoh, the traditional ruler of

Nri community, announced the plan to journalists

in Awka on Thursday.

He said the people were angry over Kanu’s

alleged misconduct.

Onyesoh said Kanu with his wife, Uchechi, and

supporters visited the palace of Eze Nri on July

19 and a shrine against the tradition of the

people.

He noted Nri ancient Kingdom is the cradle of

Igbo civilisation, whose culture is revered in the

five southeast states of Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo,

Anambra as well as Igbo communities in Delta and

Rivers.

Onyesoh said on July 18, a day before Kanu’s

visit, 12 young people came to the palace of Eze

Nri requesting for an appointment with the

traditional ruler for Kanu.

“I was the person that received them and so I

told them to go and come back with a written

letter so that they will get official reply from

the palace since the delegation looked unusual, in

that there was no titled person among them.

“At this point they all left and what we saw

the next day was Kanu visiting Nri community

with a huge crowd of his supporters.

He (Kanu) went straight to the house of one

Chief Shadrack Mbanefo, a subject to the

traditional ruler of Nri.

“The feelers we later got, was that the said

Mbanefo claimed he handed over the `Offo Nri ’,

(symbol of royalty) to Kanu, and even allowed

Kanu to visit the historic “Ohianwehi forest”

revered as “forest of life” by Igbo tradition.

“This forest is believed to be the place the

first burnt offering was offered by the Jewish

Igbo ancestors when they migrated from Israel

more than 2,000 years ago,’’ he said.

Onyesoh said Nri people considered Kanu’s

conduct as a taboo because no high profile visitor

entered the community without first visiting the

traditional ruler let alone a sacred place without

the knowledge of the ruler.

He expressed regret that Kanu and his supporters

after visiting Mbanefo returned to the entrance

gate of the palace and tried to force it open.

“It was this unruly conduct that made the

traditional ruler to telephone the security agents

who responded promptly and dispersed Kanu and

his supporters.’’

Onyesoh said the people regarded Kanu’s action

as an affront on their values and so resolved not

to sweep the matter under the carpet.

“It is a taboo in Nri and equally against the

Anambra State Traditional Rulers’ Council Law for

a high profile visitor to visit a community without

first paying homage to the traditional ruler.

“The people of Nri and her traditional ruler are

not against Nnamdi Kanu and his agitation/

aspiration but what we cannot take is for Kanu

to come and mess up the Nri culture and

tradition under whatever motive.

“The community will drag him to customary court

to ensure that nobody else gives such insult to

the community and its heritage,’’ he said.

Reminded that Kanu visited Nri to receive `Offo

Nri title’ like the late Dim Chukwuemeka

Odumegwu Ojukwu and MASSOB leader Chief Ralph

Uwazuruike both Biafra agitators, Onyesoh said

“if Kanu wants a title, Eze Nri is not aware of

such aspiration.

“If Kanu indeed met with anybody and claimed

he was given `Offo Nri’, it means he is seeking

the title through the back door and for the title

he claimed was given to him by

`Adama’ (Mbanefo ), a servant to Eze Nri, is a

nullity.

“My advice to Kanu is for him to first step up

actions to amend his ways to synchronise with

the values and culture of Igbo people which he is

stampeding in the name of agitation.

“Nri is the ancestral home of all Igbo people

and for him to visit Nri in the manner he did

means he has no knowledge of Igbo tradition and

culture.

“So, he must first study Igbo tradition and

culture and properly be advised before he misleads

himself.

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