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UNBEATABLE: Abia State Has Over 1000 Traditional Rulers, Claims Obi Of Onitsha by farem: 5:27pm On Sep 09, 2014
Abia State Has Over 1000 Traditional Rulers, Claims Obi of Onitsha
In his remarks, the Obi of Onitsha traced the history and changing status of traditional rulers in Nigeria from pre-colonial era to the present. He stated that traditional rulers were marginalized by the colonial power, the political and military elite until the 1999 constitution of Nigeria restored relevance to traditional institution.

BY SAHARA REPORTERSSEP 09, 2014
The Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, has criticized the proliferation of the traditional institutions in most parts of Eastern Nigeria. He made the observation yesterday during the presentation of his books at Hilton Woodcliff Lake in New Jersey, USA. He said that Abia state with a population of 4.5 million people now has over 1000 traditional rulers, noting that the South East has over half of all the traditional rulers in Nigeria.

In his remarks, the Obi of Onitsha traced the history and changing status of traditional rulers in Nigeria from pre-colonial era to the present. He stated that traditional rulers were marginalized by the colonial power, the political and military elite until the 1999 constitution of Nigeria restored relevance to traditional institution. As a result of the restoration, he noted that the traditional institution has begun to attract the best and the brightest. “They have come back to give something back to the community that gave them their beginning,” he said.

Igwe Achebe who heads the Anambra State Council of Traditional Rulers pondered loud how to maintain the relevance of the traditional institution and make sure it survives in a changing 21st century world without losing its distinguished identity. “How can we run fast enough to stand still? How do we drive the traditional society while modernity is happening?” he asked.

Obi Of Onitsha Hosts Book Launch
The Stanford and Columbia universities-trained monarch outlined several reforms he has brought to Onitsha since he ascended the throne some 12 years ago. Amongst the reforms are that funeral rites in Onitsha are now completed within twelve hours, the Onitsha traditional justice system is now recognized by the Supreme Court of Nigeria, and the traditional institution is now in dialogue with the churches to reinterpret and encourage a better understanding of Onitsha tradition. He said that his mission has been to bring modern management practices to community governance. “We do small things at Onitsha leaving big things to the government,” he said.

The former top executive of Shell Petroleum said that he has established a trust, the Onitsha Advancement Foundation, to help accomplish the goals in his blueprint and it is to the foundation that all the proceeds of the books will go.

Speaking at the event, the managing director of Diamond Bank, Dr. Alex Otti, commended the Onitsha monarch for his commitment in the service of the people of his kingdom. “There are not so many Igbo communities today that present their best as traditional rulers,” said Otti. He told the gathering that Diamond Bank has been in the business of supporting arts and culture long before the bank decided to back the publication of these books, one of which chronicled ten years of Igwe Achebe’s stay on the throne and the other which highlighted Onitsha at the millennium. Dr. Otti called Igwe Achebe an erudite, open-minded, and transparent chairman of Diamond Bank. “It’s impossible to achieve what we have achieved with a different chairman.”

Reviewer of the book, Dr. Apollos Nwauwa called the books, “a scholarly celebration of his majesty’s 10 years anniversary.” He described Igwe Achebe as “the intellectual voice of traditional institutions in the country.” One of the books is a collection of 30-essays written by Onitsha and non-Onitsha people about Onitsha.

A box-set of the two books cost $450. All the copies brought to the event were sold out. In his vote of thanks, the organizer of the book launch and a school mate of the Igwe, renowned plastic surgeon, Dr. Ferdinand Ofodile, reaffirmed the testimonies of the evening that traditional rulers can make a difference in the lives of the people.
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Re: UNBEATABLE: Abia State Has Over 1000 Traditional Rulers, Claims Obi Of Onitsha by Nobody: 5:51pm On Sep 15, 2014
Wow, it still sum up to Igbo enwe eze.
Onye owula wu big n'isi onwe ya!

I love Igbo!!!

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Re: UNBEATABLE: Abia State Has Over 1000 Traditional Rulers, Claims Obi Of Onitsha by Mynd44: 6:13am On Sep 16, 2014
Re: UNBEATABLE: Abia State Has Over 1000 Traditional Rulers, Claims Obi Of Onitsha by otijah(m): 6:14am On Sep 16, 2014
Yet they are the worst state in the whole south east.

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Re: UNBEATABLE: Abia State Has Over 1000 Traditional Rulers, Claims Obi Of Onitsha by eleojo23: 6:14am On Sep 16, 2014
What is the point in having so many traditional rulers when they cannot push for the development of their communities? They sure have a voice. But most of them are only interested in the title and the benefits it accrues to them.

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Re: UNBEATABLE: Abia State Has Over 1000 Traditional Rulers, Claims Obi Of Onitsha by pabon(m): 6:15am On Sep 16, 2014
Hmmm
Re: UNBEATABLE: Abia State Has Over 1000 Traditional Rulers, Claims Obi Of Onitsha by constance500: 6:15am On Sep 16, 2014
Then........

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Re: UNBEATABLE: Abia State Has Over 1000 Traditional Rulers, Claims Obi Of Onitsha by Nobody: 6:15am On Sep 16, 2014
Abia has over 1000 traditional rulers. Alright, point taken. So, what am I supposed to do exactly?
Re: UNBEATABLE: Abia State Has Over 1000 Traditional Rulers, Claims Obi Of Onitsha by Naofficial: 6:15am On Sep 16, 2014
Nice....
Re: UNBEATABLE: Abia State Has Over 1000 Traditional Rulers, Claims Obi Of Onitsha by joshbouy(m): 6:15am On Sep 16, 2014
so??
Re: UNBEATABLE: Abia State Has Over 1000 Traditional Rulers, Claims Obi Of Onitsha by datbay(m): 6:16am On Sep 16, 2014
In just one very small state?

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Re: UNBEATABLE: Abia State Has Over 1000 Traditional Rulers, Claims Obi Of Onitsha by gbaskiboy(m): 6:17am On Sep 16, 2014
Only Abia,
Re: UNBEATABLE: Abia State Has Over 1000 Traditional Rulers, Claims Obi Of Onitsha by Afrocatalyst: 6:17am On Sep 16, 2014
adeitoro: Wow, it still sum up to Igbo enwe eze.
Onye owula wu big n'isi onwe ya!
I love Igbo!!!

Igbo nwere Eze.

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Re: UNBEATABLE: Abia State Has Over 1000 Traditional Rulers, Claims Obi Of Onitsha by phransix147(m): 6:17am On Sep 16, 2014
I wouldn't doubt this because even my neighbour here is one... Moves around wif HRH attached to his number plate... But he doesn't even look like one... Pls what is the requirement to be trad. Ruler in Abia?

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Re: UNBEATABLE: Abia State Has Over 1000 Traditional Rulers, Claims Obi Of Onitsha by dammyjay93(m): 6:17am On Sep 16, 2014
So much for sovereignty
Re: UNBEATABLE: Abia State Has Over 1000 Traditional Rulers, Claims Obi Of Onitsha by ichidodo(m): 6:18am On Sep 16, 2014
Its all because of power and women....everybody wants those ...
Re: UNBEATABLE: Abia State Has Over 1000 Traditional Rulers, Claims Obi Of Onitsha by EbuGeneral(m): 6:18am On Sep 16, 2014
with all these traditional rulers in Abia, yet that state is such a slum. The best the traditional rulers can do especially those from Ngwa is to take a small token and sell there birthright and the state remains in a poor state. The even put up bill boards supporting the treacherous governor t A orji for senate in 2015.

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Re: UNBEATABLE: Abia State Has Over 1000 Traditional Rulers, Claims Obi Of Onitsha by freshness2020: 6:18am On Sep 16, 2014
Lol!
Wetin dis post come mean na, na to ridicule who na! Ma reserve my comment!

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Re: UNBEATABLE: Abia State Has Over 1000 Traditional Rulers, Claims Obi Of Onitsha by 573V31D(m): 6:19am On Sep 16, 2014
Confusion...are d igbos no longer ruled by d elders? There must be consistency for the relevance he seeks either by former or d latter...
Btw, is he proving dat the igbo communities were ruled by kings...i beg to disagree. Igbo e nwere eze.

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Re: UNBEATABLE: Abia State Has Over 1000 Traditional Rulers, Claims Obi Of Onitsha by Funfreak: 6:19am On Sep 16, 2014
Sounds like the normal things for nigerian as a whole
Re: UNBEATABLE: Abia State Has Over 1000 Traditional Rulers, Claims Obi Of Onitsha by Nobody: 6:19am On Sep 16, 2014
Re: UNBEATABLE: Abia State Has Over 1000 Traditional Rulers, Claims Obi Of Onitsha by 9jvirgin(m): 6:22am On Sep 16, 2014
Thieves everywhere grin Every street has a king. More like the tout lords in Mushin and Oshodi streets cheesy

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Re: UNBEATABLE: Abia State Has Over 1000 Traditional Rulers, Claims Obi Of Onitsha by damibravo(m): 6:23am On Sep 16, 2014
But that's none of my business
Re: UNBEATABLE: Abia State Has Over 1000 Traditional Rulers, Claims Obi Of Onitsha by msmon(m): 6:25am On Sep 16, 2014
What?
Re: UNBEATABLE: Abia State Has Over 1000 Traditional Rulers, Claims Obi Of Onitsha by condralbede(m): 6:25am On Sep 16, 2014
So this where the money they suppose use to develop the state do go now!

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Re: UNBEATABLE: Abia State Has Over 1000 Traditional Rulers, Claims Obi Of Onitsha by jmoore(m): 6:27am On Sep 16, 2014
autonomous community ebe nile.

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Re: UNBEATABLE: Abia State Has Over 1000 Traditional Rulers, Claims Obi Of Onitsha by donmalcolm21(m): 6:29am On Sep 16, 2014
Its a good develeopment only if they are in touch with their communities.
Re: UNBEATABLE: Abia State Has Over 1000 Traditional Rulers, Claims Obi Of Onitsha by 573V31D(m): 6:30am On Sep 16, 2014
Confusion...are d igbos no longer ruled by d elders? There must be consistency for the relevance he seeks either by former or d latter...
Btw, is he proving dat the igbo communities were ruled by kings...i beg to disagree. Igbo e nwere eze
Re: UNBEATABLE: Abia State Has Over 1000 Traditional Rulers, Claims Obi Of Onitsha by disloman(m): 6:31am On Sep 16, 2014
N their usefulness?rubbish

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