Okorocha desecrating Igbo culture – Imo monarch, Ilomuanya …

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The embattled traditional ruler of Obinugwu in Orlu Local Government area of Imo State, HRH Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, has noted that the state governor, Rochas Okorocha is “continuously desecrating Igbo culture, customs and values by conferring chieftaincy titles to undeserving strangers”.

He contended that the rate of “desecration” was alarming, while urging royal fathers in Igboland and Ohaneze Ndi Igbo to completely condemn such.

The monarch told reporters, “The continuous abomination and debasement of Igbo culture with impunity in Imo State is becoming very alarming.”

Ilomuanya was reacting to the recent conferment of Adadioranma of Imo State title on Liberian President, Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, by the state’s traditional rulers.

He particularly condemned the time the title was conferred, saying, “It is an aberration in Igbo culture to confer chieftaincy title at about 11 at night. It is never done. Only initiations into clandestine or cult groups are done at that time of the night.

“In recent times, Imo State has constantly made a mockery of Igbo culture and traditional institution.”

He pointed out that unless those knowledgeable in Igbo culture and the consequences of their desecration speak out, the trend might continue.

“A few weeks back, it was Jacob Zuma and recently, it’s the Liberian woman. Who even chose the bogus titles of Ochi Agha of Imo State and Adadioranma of Imo State (Zuma and Johnson-Sirleaf respectively) to be conferred on them?

“What have they done to deserve the titles when Igbo and Nigerians are dying everyday in South Africa and Liberia?” he queried.

Ilomuanya further argued that the visit of the presidents to Imo State only created the impression that Nigeria was now running a confederal system of government, with Imo being portrayed as an independent state within the confederation.

“As far as I am concerned, these visits are for personal gains and have no socio-cultural or economic benefit or relevance for Imo people.

“Instead, our culture has become a footmat for foreigners to march on and trivialise.

“Imo has obviously become an independent component state within Nigeria. The whole thing is exasperating.

“Culture is a symbol of our identity. If it is debased, desecrated and killed, it all means that we have also lost our identity and relevance as a people.”

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