Abia community talks culture at new yam feast


The traditional ruler of Ibeku kingdom in Umuahia North of Abia State, HRM Eze Samuel Onuoha Ogurube IV has advised residents of the area to shun any political act that could divide the people.

Eze Onuoha gave the advice while flagging off this year’s new yam festival for the eight communities that make up the clan, saying that politics which is supposed to be a blessing to them is gradually turning into a curse.

The traditional ruler who was supported by all the traditional rulers in the clan, President Generals, chairmen of the various community and cultural groups, described the occasion as ancestral ceremony as in the old.

He regretted that these days, the church has multiplied and tradition multiplied, but the bible talked about the ancient and modern, while our ancient system is being allowed to die a natural death.

Eze Onuoha however lamented that some people want to kill Ibeku culture which has now been taken over by neighbouring clans and communities, saying that all good traditions in Ibeku should be revitalised and urged the people to do good always.

Speaking during the occasion, the member representing Ibeku East in the Abia State House of Assembly, Hon. Chukwudi Apugo urged his kinsmen to do the ceremony peacefully.

Apugo condemned any misunderstanding among Ibeku people over the occasion’s date, urging all Ibeku traditional rulers to open their doors to their people, while urging the people of Ibeku not to take any enmity existing within them into the new yam ceremony, (new year).

In their separate speeches, the Ibeku royal fathers, including Eze Aguiyi of Ndume, Eze Ibeabuchi of Okwulaga, Eze Ibezim of Amuzukwu, and Eze Ezeigbo of Uhabiri Ossah said the Ibeku royal fathers are in the know of the cause of any division in Ibeku land.

The traditional rulers said that the new yam ceremony has been done and advised their Ibeku subjects not to use any foul language on their dissenting brothers so that they would not contInue to move away from the community activities.

They said, “It is Ibeku first politics and party is a personal thing and all Ibeku sons must not throw in their political eggs into one basket politics should not create problems for Ibeku people and Ibeku politicians on the other party should not make others their enemies”.

They advised that all political positions being held by Ibeku sons and daughters should be used to better the positions of Ibeku land instead of allowing such positions to go into their heads and cause division among the people.

The royal fathers however regretted the absence of the traditional ruler of Afarata Ibeku, Eze Israel Kanu, the father of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu whose where about is yet to be ascertained since the Nigeria military conducted its Operation Python Dance II one year ago.

The Ibeku royal fathers then called on the state and federal government to do more to produce the royal father, stressing that the absence of their colleague is setting his kingdom back and slowing down development in that area.

Speaking with newsmen during the ceremony, the Traditional Prime Minister of Ndume Ibeku and the President General of Ndume Ibeku Federated, Chief Sunny Onyebuchi Nwakodo described the occasion as great.

Nwakodo said that the ceremony was done according to ancestral tradition as the seven Egwus (communities) of Ibeku land, through their traditional rulers, their President Generals and chairmen of their communities participated fully.

He advised his people to celebrate in a peaceful manner and maintain sanity and called on them to adhere to government instructions of movement of traffic as the clan is now in the urban and warned stranger elements not to use the occasion to steal and for which the Ibeku indigenes will be blamed for.

Nwakodo said, “By culture, Ibeku people have done what the people are supporting through our paramount ruler, the Ogurube, any other person acting otherwise has gone contrary to Ibeku culture, but people are free to celebrate personally”.

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