The ten-man panel of enquiry instituted by the Anambra State Government to resolve the chieftaincy dispute in Azia community, Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State, has concluded public sitting and now on the verge of submitting its final report to Governor Willie Obiano in due course.
Secretary of the panel, Nwabufo Nwankwo, made this known to the press at the Government House, Awka, and confirmed that the report of the fact-finding panel headed by Justice C.E.P. Anigbogu “is ready for submission to the governor any time we are invited to do so.”
Mr. Nwankwo, who is also a Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Duties, disclosed that all the major actors and interested stakeholders involved in the Azia chieftaincy crisis were offered opportunity to tender memoranda to the panel and also had adequate time to give their petitions and also give oral evidence during the public sittings by the panel.
He commended the maturity and peaceful conduct of the people throughout the sessions of the panel public sitting and reassured that the repot of the panel would guide the state government in proffering a lasting solution to the matter in dispute and help to restore enduring unity and peace in the community.
Appealing to the people to embrace the mutual spirit of brotherly co-existence in the interest of continued progress of the town, Mr. Nwabufo however, observed that there would be only one traditional ruler at a time in any community, and therefore, “anybody that the state government eventually accepts to issue official certificate of recognition should be accorded due respect and maximum cooperation by all indigenes of the community as a royal father of all.
Mr. Nwankwo further admonished whoever would emerge victorious in the chieftaincy matter to also carry everybody along inclusively and treat all indigenes and non-indigenes resident in the town as members of one united family without rancor and acrimony.
The panel had barely commenced its assignment when the rampaging coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic break out and virtually paralized economic and government activities, and subsequently the recent protracted lockdown around the globe, including Nigeria, but resumed its assignment immediately the embargo was lifted.