By Andy Chukwu
The traditional ruler of Ekwulobia community in the Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, Igwe Emmanuel Onyeneke, on Tuesday, blamed the lingering crisis in his kingdom on the social media.
Onyeneke, at a media chat, He said the opposition in the community had used the social media to propagate hate and bigotry, thereby prolonging the communal feud.
He said the crisis would have ended long ago if not for the sustained propaganda on the social media by the opposition.
The monarch alleged that a certain person, who was reaping from the crisis, had siphoned over N100m from the commonwealth of the community.
“Opposition within the town union is as old as the formation of the first organised Improvement Union over 80 years ago.
“Going down the memory lane, the late Chief Gabriel Nnaike of Umuchiana, the leader of the first Improvement Union, was disgraced by the people of Ekwulobia, whom he served with dedication and honesty.
“As a result, he was very sad and since then, the trend has been repeating itself. This attitude of casting aspersions on anyone at the leadership of the town by the Ekwulobia people continues to recycle itself and has even modernised its operation with the emergence of the Internet.
“Apart from our attitude and ingratitude to our leaders, another factor, which I identified when I had my coronation, was the absence of a town constitution as required by the laws of the state.
“Ekwulobia only operated development union, improvement union and peoples’ assembly constitutions, which were not powered by any town statute.
“Women, children and persons under 18 years were legally excluded in those constitutions. Membership was optional.
“The only constitution Ekwulobia has ever had as a town is the Constitution of Ekwulobia Town, 2010, which was drafted by a 59-member Constituent Assembly representing all the federating villages, Diaspora branches, women, youths and other stakeholders.”
He said the Anambra State Government had at several times intervened in the matter and had endorsed the leadership of the town under his watch.
“But a leader of the opposition in the community has refused to embrace peace, because he is making too much money from the commonwealth and fighting us with it,” Onyeneke added.