In the wake of recent reports of changes to the leadership of Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, a foremost Igbo scholar and elder statesman, Dr Chuks Osuji, has called on His Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodinma, the Governor of Imo State, to be wary of wrong advice which may hurt his rising good public perception of success as many believe the Governor is on a process of rebuilding Imo State which was almost shattered during the eight years of Owelle Rochas Okorocha’s administration.
Dr Osuji who spoke to journalists at his office in Owerri was reacting to news reports that His Royal Highness Eze Emma Okeke of Amaifeke in Orlu, has been chosen as a replacement for His Majesty Eze Samuel Ohiri as Chairman Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers.
The highly respected former MAMSER director stated, “Although the administration has refuted the claims, it should be pinpointed at this stage that the stability and progress achieved in the council in the last few years has to be sustained.”
He stressed that “in spite of some few moments of distortions, distractions and disputes in the council brought about by Okorocha’s leadership styles, which were not consistent with the honours and royalties of the traditional rulers, there were remarkable achievements in the institution.” He identified the transfer of the council’s office to Owerri, the State capital, the adoption of Igbo Language in the proceedings of the council, and more, as some of the achievements of the Eze Samuel Ohiri era.
The recipient of national honours of OON further contended that since Orlu zone has held the position of Chairman of Council and Owerri zone has equally held the position, Okigwe zone is in the best position to produce the next chairman of the council.
“I make bold to suggest that this time around, where the council currently led by His Majesty Eze Samuel Ohiri is dissolved by the governor, following due process, equity, justice and fair play should work in favour of Okigwe zone to produce the next chairman of Imo Council of Traditional Rulers.” He affirmed.
As a PR expert, the NIPR Fellow insisted on the records of the Governor, stating, “His Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodinma has started well and many of the citizens have begun to applaud his progressing policies. Therefore, he should ensure stability, fairness and justice, knowing fully well that the traditional institution in the State is a highly sensitive body that can be subject of instability in rural communities – nay the State. His Excellency should nip in the board any potential crises by avoiding wrong advice of any form in the present circumstances.”