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Anambra Monarch chases Nnamdi Kanu from Palace for allegedly committing a Taboo

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Igbo Traditional Ruler chases Nnamdi Kanu away from Palace for allegedly committing a Taboo

Nnamdi Kanu | Photo Credit: Twitter

The traditional ruler of Nri community Eze Obidiegwu Onyesoh chased Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader Nnamdi Kanu and his supporters, away from his palace for committing a taboo in Nri culture, a statement credited to his Personal Assistant Ifeanyi Onyesoh, claims.

Ifeanyi said that the community will drag him to the customary court to “ensure that nobody else gives such insult to… its heritage”.

He made this known while speaking to journalists in Awka on Thursday, adding that the people are angry over Kanu’s alleged misconduct.

Onyesoh said Kanu with his wife, Uchechi, and supporters visited the palace of Eze Nri on July 19 and a shrine against the tradition of the people.

He noted Nri ancient Kingdom is the cradle of Igbo civilisation, whose culture is revered in the five southeast states of Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, Anambra as well as Igbo communities in Delta and Rivers.

Onyesoh said on July 18, a day before Kanu’s visit, 12 young people came to the palace of Eze Nri requesting for an appointment with the traditional ruler for Kanu.

“I was the person that received them and so I told them to go and come back with a written letter so that they will get official reply from the palace since the delegation looked unusual, in that there was no titled person  among them.

At this point they all left and what we saw the next day was Kanu visiting Nri community with a huge crowd of his supporters.

He (Kanu) went straight to the house of one Shadrack Mbanefo, a subject to the traditional ruler of Nri.

The feelers we later got, was that the said Mbanefo claimed he handed over the ‘Offo Nri’ (symbol of royalty) to Kanu, and even allowed Kanu to visit the historic ‘Ohianwehi forest’ revered as ‘Forest of Life’ by Igbo tradition.

This forest is believed to be the place the first burnt offering was offered by the Jewish Igbo ancestors when they migrated from Israel more than 2,000 years ago,” he said.

Onyesoh said Nri people considered Kanu’s conduct as a taboo because no high profile visitor entered the community without first visiting the traditional ruler let alone a sacred place without the knowledge of the ruler.

He expressed regret that Kanu and his supporters after visiting Mbanefo returned to the entrance gate of the palace and tried to force it open.

“It was this unruly conduct that made the traditional ruler to telephone the security agents who responded promptly and dispersed Kanu and his supporters,” he said, adding that the people regarded Kanu’s action as an affront on their values and so resolved not to sweep the matter under the carpet.

“It is a taboo in Nri and equally against the Anambra State Traditional Rulers’ Council Law for a high profile visitor to visit a community without first paying homage to the traditional ruler. The people of Nri and her traditional ruler are not against Nnamdi Kanu and his agitation/aspiration but what we cannot take is for Kanu to come and mess up the Nri culture and tradition under whatever motive. The community will drag him to customary court to  ensure that nobody else gives such insult to the community and its heritage,” he said.

Reminded that Kanu visited Nri to receive “Offo Nri” title like the late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu and Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafria (MASSOB) leader Ralph Uwazuruike both Biafra agitators, Onyesoh said; “if Kanu wants a title, Eze Nri is not aware of such aspiration.”

“If Kanu indeed met with anybody and claimed he was given ‘Offo Nri’, it means he is seeking the title through the back door and for the title he claimed was given to him by ‘Adama’ (Mbanefo ), a servant to Eze Nri, is a nullity.

My advice to Kanu is for him to first step up actions to amend his ways to synchronise with the values and culture of Igbo people which he is stampeding in the name of agitation.

Nri is the ancestral home of all Igbo people and for him to visit Nri in the manner he did means he has no knowledge of Igbo tradition and culture.

So, he must first study Igbo tradition and culture and properly be advised before he misleads himself,” Ifeanyi said.

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24 Comments

  1. Michy

    July 28, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Motor park tout masqurading as a leader

    • Wale Vintage

      July 28, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      Arrogance- ultimately, it is his own people that will put an end to his rubbish.

  2. Ottawa Queen

    July 28, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Una dey follow am as if he’s a god na. . .he’s now acting as one.

  3. Moniker

    July 28, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    See the person that wants to leave Nigeria. He hasn’t even convinced his kinsmen enough. All the young men following him are jobless that is why he’s gaining traction. Nnamdi Kanu is quietly digging his grave. Only time will tell

    • Diamond

      July 28, 2017 at 2:10 pm

      Digging his grave because he is agitating for Biafra? When did agitating for your own country become a sin or a crime punishable by death? The Senate that voted against restructuring are they not the one encouraging agitation for secession? Anybody wishing Nnamdi Kanu death, may that wicked person die before his or her time. Nnamdi Kanu will live and see the death of his enemies wishing him death. AMEN!

  4. chi

    July 28, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    fake story .sorry, to burst the bubble of yoruba propanganda machines..BN should research on the authenticity of their article..biko ..apc / yoruba propanganda won’t work ….where did BN even get this article even mainstream media didnt carry this nonsense ( even though I know they will love to )

    • Atheist

      July 28, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Another insecure igbo. They cant make two statements without one involving the yoruba tribe. Guess what honey? Yorubas dont even know u guys exist

    • LemmeRant

      July 28, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      Lol. How did Yoruba enter this matter now.

      Just be using KANU to mask your deep-seeded hatred for Yoruba’s.

  5. Igbo, shining and proud

    July 28, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    I just hope all the Biafran supporters are aware that in fighting for a sovereign Biafra, they are also signing up for Jewish nationality and culture. Because this guy obviously wants to be a Biafran AND a Jew at the same time; more a Jew than a Biafran if you ask me. Moreover, how do people become supporters of a cause such as this with a man who has three (3) as in meta, as in ato, as in uku, as in troi citizenships, and you yourself you have just one. Please, how does that make sense? Can you not see that you are just a pun on his chessboard?

    • Diamond

      July 28, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      Signing up for Jewish nationality and culture. You have you signed up for Hausa (Islam) in Nigeria?

      Whatever be the case, it’s better than continuous servitude to the Hausa-fulani in Nigeria

  6. Moniker

    July 28, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    @Diamond,
    I usually don’t reply comments. But I am more Biafran than you can ever be. My grandfather died fighting for Biafra. You think like a binary. 1 and 0. If he wants to take Biafra out, fine. Does he have to threaten and promise hell on earth? As gullible as you are,if fighting comes, will you be willing to be drafted? He is busy breaking all his bail conditions at will. When the long arm of the law catches him, you will not be able to save him.
    Let time tell.

    • Diamond

      July 28, 2017 at 7:18 pm

      With all your ranting you didn’t still answer if you have changed your culture and religion because you are a Nigerian.

      My own father fought the Biafran war. And he is still pro-Biafra today because of the imbalances and Hausa fulani refusal to restructure. Although he prefers we go our separate ways peacefully like some countries did and intending to including those that supported the war like Soviet union, and UK.

      How old are you, by the way? Your grandfather fought the war. You must be a child. No wonder you commented as one.

    • Diamond

      July 28, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      You should have no problems with my comment if you are not wishing death on Nnamdi Kanu

  7. Bolaji

    July 28, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    I am Yoruba. Can I comment? ?

    • Diamond

      July 28, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      No, don’t! Cos it doesn’t concern you. And you shouldn’t care.

  8. chi

    July 28, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    This man got the people.Politicians got the media.And power belongs to the people, not the media.

  9. Miss Pee

    July 28, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    I hope this guy doesn’t do this IPOB supporters what Buhari did to Nigerians. I keep telling my fellow Igbos, the Devil you know is far better than the Angel you don’t know, he (Nnamdi) has one connection or another with Selfish politicians. May our longer throat not lead us astray.

  10. Diamond

    July 28, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    I have said it before, and I’m saying it again. Nnamdi Kanu is far far better than the Hausa fulani that used Boko haram to cause pain to thousands just because they want to unseat Jonathan.

    The Hausas could have just said they wanted their own country (which other tribes will happily give them), than killing people just so they can perpetuate themselves in power.

  11. Diamond

    July 28, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    BN where is my response to Moniker

  12. Rewajus

    July 29, 2017 at 1:02 am

    @Diamond you are just an idiot..what happen to clueless GEJ later?we booted him out with his power & dolla rain

    • Diamond

      July 29, 2017 at 5:26 am

      You are a big FOOL! What is happening with the Daura dullard? You better keep him in power until 2019.
      Only if you know the amount of money the Aisha and the cabal have been moving out of the coffers since Baba became a ghost worker in London… mumu like you!
      Dollar rain huh? It’s been 2 years since ‘saint’ Buhari took power, why is GEJ still roaming about free? That means baba is the definition of clueless!

  13. Itsjusme

    July 29, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Diamond you are talking frivolously. Someone as passionate as you should be physically behind Nnamdi Kanu instead of behind a keyboard uttering futile things. Please and Goodbye

    • Diamond

      July 29, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      The ones condemning Nnamdi Kanu are they not also behind their keyboards? Shouldn’t they go to Abia state and confront him physically? Bye bye with your nonsensical opinion.

  14. bee

    July 31, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    we say we want to be the leaders of tommorrow, but with what i am reading here, sorry to say, the youths are not ready. so much annimosity for what? we just allow ourselves to be pawn for this politicians. if nnamdi kanu has a case let him do it in the proper channel. he claims to have a british cicitzen and is educated pls is this how educated people behave? the britains are gunning for an exit fro eu, we watch it and we see how organised it is. not threathen a populance by his alterations.sorry to say he is going about it the wrong way. and please for those spoiling for war, has the south east recovered from the war of biafra? is the south east the place you are ready to go back to. as easterners we need to ask ourselves some questions and answer them truthfully before we come out and start insulting other tribes. i am a nigerian. lets live in peace and stop allwing the politicians divide us on the binks of religion and tribe cos this people their kids are not here ranting.

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