One of the problems ravaging the nation of Nigeria and many of the Third World countries today is the problem of leadership.
Good and adequate leadership are the fulcrum in which good governance rests and where the reverse is the case, the masses languish in pains, poverty, and other vices.
In Nigeria, the people pay more attention and concentration to political leadership and leaders while little or no attention is paid to the traditional institution which ordinarily should be paid more attention to.
This attitude of indifference to the Traditional Institution is common in the southern part of Nigeria particularly in the South East where the majority of the Igbos have no regard for the Traditional Institution and the Traditional Rulers.
This disregard for the Igbo Traditional Institution which arises from an aged long slogan “Igboama Eze” (Igbos have no Eze) is sometimes caused by the so-called Traditional Rulers themselves and not until this abnormally is corrected and the Traditional Institution positioned to its sacred place in Igbo land, some of the problems associated with Tradition, Customs and above all, leadership would not eschew from Igbo Land.
Today, one hears, one particular traditional Ruler in one community and another dragging either land or another property with the community which he oversees as a Traditional Ruler.
Some traditional rulers are in different courts and other adjudicating institutions for either consummating with a wife or wives of the people he oversees their day to day affairs as their Traditional Ruler amongst other unspeakable actions.
Again, the method through which one emerges as a Traditional Ruler of a community further determines whether or not they said Traditional Ruler would have the respect and regard from the community.
Situations, where one emerges a Traditional Ruler of a community without following the laid down community council, leaves much to be desired and the resultant consequences have remained disloyalty and disregard for both the Traditional Ruler as well as his policies by the said people.
Thank God for the understanding of the 9th Imo Assembly to repeal the community Government Council Law which hitherto, contributed to making a mockery of the traditional institution in Imo.
Some of the Autonomous Communities in Imo today have no Ezes while some are indifferent courts awaiting the court to decide who becomes the traditional Ruler of their communities.
These controversies and litigations at various courts emanated from the power conferred on the CGC leadership of various communities to select or elect Traditional Rulers by the Okorocha’s Government.
The empowerment of the said CGC to carry out this function relegated the sacredness of the institution to the extent that some of the rituals which accompany the emergence of new Kings were thrown overboard.
Methinks, the restoration of the eroded sacredness, respect of the Traditional Institution in Imo State appear to be the reason behind the executive Bill which was passed by the Imo State House of Assembly last Thursday.
While I duff my cap for the government of Imo State which expectedly would give assent to the impending Bill before it, I suggest that character should be a watch-dog in selecting new Traditional Rulers in the State particularly the leadership of the institution.
This would go a long way in removing “Chaff” from the Traditional Institution, thereby the confidence of the people would be restored and regained in their communities.
This takes us to the opinion arrived after a survey which singled HRM Eze Douglas Okwara, Okwarachukwu IV of Umuna as the most qualified for the Vice-chairman, Imo State Council of traditional rulers now that the old law of the council has been repealed by the present administration.
The new law which the Imo State Governor assented to a few days ago has brought back the Old style in the Traditional Institution.
The said old format entails, the appointment of Three Traditional Rulers from the three Senatorial Districts of Imo which includes Owerri, Orlu and Okigwe Zones with a new central Traditional Ruler who becomes the chairman, Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers.
From the grapevine, the Governor who has been empowered by the new law to appoint any person of his interest and choice to chair the council is eyeing the Okigwe zone Traditional Rulers, which recently is the only zone that has not tested the seat.
According to our source, Governor Uzodinma intends to take the seat to Okigwe zone since Orlu had taken their turn in the person of HRH, Eze Cletus Ilomuanya and Owerri zone took theirs with HRH, Eze Samuel Agunwa Ohiri hence, the cap now fits Okigwe zone.
While the Governor would soon do that, a survey carried out in Orlu zone, by the Lead communications points at Eze Okwara as the most qualified for the vice-chairman from Orlu zone.
According to the said survey, the traditional ruler of Umuna HRM, Eze Dr. Douglas Okwara, is from Okwarachukwu dynasty, the oldest dynasty in Orlu LGA.
Okwarachukwu, who is eighteen years in the throne is the fourth traditional ruler in Okwarachukwu dynasty following the hereditary system in Umuna.
Okwarachukwu dynasty had produced Eze Okwarachukwu I, Okwarachukwu II, popularly known as Eze Nwogu. The Late Eze Nwogu, that is the Okwarachukwu II ruled Umuna and Uzoubi Umuna for fifty-six years before his demise.
After the death of Eze Nwogu, who is the grandfather of Eze Douglas, the present traditional Ruler the father of the present Eze Douglas Okwara, HRM Eze Fidelis Okwara, the Okwarachukwu III who after his death, handed over to his son, HRM Eze Dr. Douglas Okwara.
However, the Okwarachukwu dynasty which is as old as humanity is known for its uniqueness in given chieftaincy titles.
This is a dynasty, that looks at people’s character before one receives chieftaincy titles.
Some of the persons who have received chieftaincy titles from Odududike kingdom and “Egedeokpu” dynasty included the present governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma.
Governor Hope Uzodinma in the year 1994 received the Chieftaincy title of Onwa Omekagu of Umuna by Okwarachukwu II. Information from the archive of Umuna revealed that Okwarachukwu II while blessing Senator Uzodinma upon receiving the said title told him that he would govern Imo someday in future and today, Uzodinma is the governor of Imo State.
Apart from Governor uzodinma, HRH, Eze Cletus Ilomuanya received a chieftaincy title from the same palace as Onwa na etiri oha of Umuna amongst many others.
Eze Okwarachukwu IV, as a man should be classified among those who one would not be cajoled if described as a successful man.
Academically, Okwarachukwu the VI schooled partly in Nigeria but had both his University and masters Degree programmme in California.
His wife, Ugoeze Grace Okwarachukwu and his three sons are all citizens of American.
Presently he is the chairman of Isu Clan Council of Traditional Rulers in Orlu LGA and the chairman South East Association of Christian Traditional Rulers.
Below are his educational qualifications, schools attended as well as businesses.
(1) Denver College, Colorado AA Degree
(2) San Jose State University, Northern California B.sc & MBA
Held management positions at GMAC ( General Motors Acceptance Corporation) Sunnyvale California.
Born & raised into the Okwarachukwu Dynasty of Umuna by Late HRH Eze Okwarachukwu III of Umuna Ancient Kingdom.
Company: Chairman & CEO Evergreen Construction & Properties Nig Ltd.
Douglas Douglas Communications Nig Ltd
Happily Married to Ugoeze Grace Okwara
When contacted over the survey result as well as his interest, he made it open that Governor Uzodinma is his old childhood friend and he would give him every support he may need to achieve his aims and objectives for Imo people.