The traditional ruler of Umuenyi autonomous community in Isiala Mbano Local government area of Imo state, HRM Eze Edward Njoku has said that there is nothing wrong for Okigwe people to demand for the next chairman of Imo state Council of Traditional Rulers.
He spoke to journalists at Ulakwo autonomous community in Owerri North Local government area of the state during the burial of his mother in-law Nneoma Catherine Ike.
Eze Njoku said that the demand made by Okigwe zone youths was in order but that the issue is not a matter for the youths to deliberate on.
The monarch expressed dissatisfaction with the numerous calls by people demanding that he joined the race of the chairmanship of the Imo state council of traditional rulers.
He described the state governor as a man of wisdom who should be allowed to choose the monarch to pilot the affairs of traditional rulers in the state based on merit, competence and capacity.
According to him, “I don’t need to play up the polity of the traditional institution in the state nor do I go about instigating problem for the governor to see me that I am qualified to be the next chairman of the traditional rulers in Imo state.”
The traditional ruler of Umuenyi autonomous community said that he is qualified to be the next chairman of the traditional institution in the state going by his antecedents but would rather plead with all and sundry to allow the governor to make his choice instead of hitting up the polity.
The soft spoken traditional ruler said that the position of the chairman of Imo state council of traditional rulers is rotated among the three zones that made up Imo state, pointing out that it is actually the turn of Okigwe zone to produce the chairman since Orlu and Owerri zones had all taken their turn.
The monarch used the medium to call on all traditional rulers in Imo state to give peace a chance, saying that the media war going on among some traditional rulers in the state is not helping the traditional institution to move forward.
He advised traditional rulers in the state to know that they are the custodian of the people’s culture and should be mindful of what they say in public against fellow traditional rulers.
Eze Njoku told traditional rulers to see themselves as the mirror through which people see their communities and urged them to imbibe the spirit of love and unity.