IGWE Alex Onyido (Ezechuomagha) of Ogidi kingdom, Idemili North LGA of Anambra State has called on ndi Igbo to preserve their rich cultural heritage, be law abiding, eschew all forms of violence and fear God.
Igwe Onyido, who made the call at his palace during his New Yam Festival popularly called ‘Alo Mmuo’ in Ogidi kingdom said that despite the advent of Christianity, people should not allow the rich culture of ndi Igbo to go extinct.
“Igbo have a good and rich culture. For instance, Alo Mmuo is a festival we do to thank the Almighty God and our forefathers and angels that granted us bumper harvest from our crops after the planting season.
“The angels are the spirit of our forefathers who live with us. During Alo Mmuo, we eat with them believing in God for an increase of yields in our farm produce and other businesses for the next year or season.
“It is also a period when we see ourselves, felicitate with family members both at home, our distant relatives, friends, neighbors and tenants and those in the diasporas; a time we interact, help ourselves, unwind and remind ourselves of the good old days.
“Although there is no penalty for people who eat new yam without celebrating Alo Mmuo but in the olden days, someone may suffer stomach upset (runny stomach) for desecrating this tradition”, said Igwe Onyido.
Reacting to the state of insecurity, the monarch further asked youths to fear God, be law abiding and to eschew violence saying that the fear of God brings progress.
According to Chief Chuma Onwuzulike (Akuchukwu Ogidi), ndi Anambra are not known for violence, kidnapping or killing; rather, we are happy people, our brothers’ keeper and known for being industrious.
“Our king is generally accepted and crowned by the whole community. Alo Muo 2022 is well celebrated and attended because peace has returned to the land”, said Onwuzulike.
President General of Ogidi, Chief Jideofor Onubogu, Chief Stephen Ibegbu Omeluora and Chief George Igbokwe, all reiterated the significance of Alo Mmuo saying that there is nothing fetish about the festival but a period of thanksgiving as practiced by their ancestors.