Tragedy struck in Igala Land for Fulani herdsmen and their cows as the Attah of Igala HRM Idakwo Michael Ameh Oboni II in defense of his people mystically sent thunder at them while they were grazing on their farmland. A facebook user Chukwudi Onah while reporting simply put it:
“Thanks to Attah of Igala Land for sending Thunder to strike Fulani herdsman and their cows, who was destroying their farms. Tradition is power. Evry body should Emulate Igala people”.
Igala are an ethnic group of Nigeria. Igala practice a number of different religions, including ATR, Christianity, and Islam.
The home of the Igala people is situated east of the river Niger and Benue confluence and astride the Niger in Lokoja, Kogi state of Nigeria with its headquarters in Idah[seat of the Attah]. The area is approximately between latitude 6°30 and 8°40 north and longitude 6°30 and 7°40 east and covers an area of about 13,665 square kilometers (Oguagha P.A 1981) The Igala population is estimated at ten million, they can also be found in Delta, Anambra and Edo States of Nigeria.
The Igala language is closely related to the Yoruba and Itsekiri languages. In Igala tradition, infants from some parts of the kingdom, like Ankpa receive three deep horizontal cuts on each side of the face, slightly above the corners of their mouths, as a way of identifying each other. However, this practice is becoming less common. The Igalas are ruled by a figure called the “Attah”.
The word Attah means ‘Father’ and the full title of the ruler is ‘Attah Igala’, meaning, the Father of Igalas (the Igala word for King is Onu). Although “Attah” means “father”‘, female rulership is recognized and Igala has had female rulers in the past (Boston 1968). Among the most revered Attahs of the Igala kingdom are Attah Ayegba Oma Idoko and Atta Ameh Oboni.
According to oral tradition, Attah Ayegba Oma Idoko offered his most beloved daughter, Inikpi to ensure that the Igalas win a war of liberation from the Jukuns’ dominance.
Attah Ameh Oboni is known to be very brave and resolute. He is revered for his stiff resistance of the British and his struggles to uphold some ancient traditions of the Igalas. When he got wind of a plan by the British to depose and exile him, he committed suicide by hanging himself to forestall the plan. He is regarded by most Igalas as the last real Attah Igala.
The new Attah Igala HRM Idakwo Michael Ameh Oboni II, has recorded his name in the ancient history book of bravery with this protection tactics. Attah Oboni II ascended the throne of his fore fathers in February, 2013, after the demise of Attah Aliyu Ocheje Obaje.
Among the Igala ethnic group of Nigeria, They are ruled by a figure called the “Attah”. The word Attah means ‘Father’ and the full title of the ruler is ‘Attah Igala’, meaning, the Father of Igalas (the Igala word for King is Onu).
This is a good deterrent technics since these herdsmen have become a torn in the flesh to most communities in southern part of Nigeria.