ANAMBRA State Government has waded into Amichi igweship tussle in Nnewi South, maintaining that Igwe Oforbuike Ezeoke is still the authentic igwe that has certificate of recognition from the state government.
Commissioner Collins Nwabunwanne of Ministry Of Local Government Chieftaincy and Community Affairs made his feelings known during peaceful deliberation with two factions who incidentally are siblings in his office at Government House, Awka.
Nwabunwanne, who reminded them of the need for them to embrace peace and shun war, made them to understand that Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s administration is passionate to restoring peace and reconciling warring communities.
The local government boss expressed dissatisfaction with the turnaround of events in Amichi, pointing out that Amichi is one of the communities the government hold with high esteem.
He made them to understand that government waded in during the PG crisis and restored the democratically elected PG but expressed displeasure with accusations he has recently received from some individuals from Amichi.
He reminded them that he believes in doing the right thing and cannot be moved with any gratification.
Commissioner Nwabunwanne maintained that he uses rule of law to carry out his assignment because he has been tested and trusted by the present administration.
He cautioned the president general not to take sides, reminding him that his job is to furnish government with activities going on in his community.
Commissioner Nwabunwanne maintained that if Amichi wants new traditional ruler that they should follow due process but stated categorically that Igwe Dr Oforbuike Ezeoke is still recognised by the state government until the court decide otherwise.
He pointed out that Igwe Oforbuike Ezeoke is still the Amichi traditional ruler as far as the Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Anambra State is concerned.
He advised the two siblings to embrace peace as Governor Soludo’s government is known for rule of law.
In their separate remarks, Chief Afam Ume Ezeoke, the Amichi President General, Mr Cletus Udebuani, Prince Eric Ume Ezeoke and Sir Jeff Okeke, among others, cautioned people to tow the part of peace, reminding them that good begets good while evil begets evil and whatever one does, lives after them .
The traditional ruler, Igwe Oforbuike Ezeoke expressed delight with the peaceful deliberation and thanked the state government and Commissioner Collins Nwabunwanne for wading into the igweship tussle.
He assured government that he will go home to put his house in order.