The Nri community in Anambra state has accused the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, of violating the Nri culture following his recent visit to the Nri ancient Kingdom which is considered as the cradle of Igbo civilization.
The community has therefore threatened to drag Nnamdi Kanu to court for alleged taboo against the Nri culture.
According to Chief Ifeanyi Onyesoh, the personal assistant to Eze Obidiegwu Onyesoh, the traditional ruler of Nri community, the community was angry with Kanu’s alleged misconduct during his visit, Vanguard reports
Chief Ifeanyi Onyesoh on Thursday, July 27, said the July 19 visit by Nnamdi Kanu and his supporters to the palace of Eze Nri and a shrine was against the tradition of the people.
The chief stated that the IPOB leader visited the community without invitation, noting that 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.
Onyesoh said: “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 Chief 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.”
Onyesoh said Nri people considered Kanu’s conduct as a taboo for visiting the sacred place without the knowledge of the ruler.
He noted that no high profile visitor entered the community without first visiting the traditional ruler.
The chief expressed regret that Kanu and his supporters after visiting Mbanefo returned to the entrance gate of the palace and tried to force it open.
He said the traditional ruler had to telephone the security agents who responded promptly and dispersed Kanu and his supporters following their unruly conduct.
Onyesoh said: “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.”
Meanwhile, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state has insisted that gubernatorial elections will hold in the state contrary to the call by pro-Biafra groups that they wouldn’t.
Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) had called on the people to boycott the November election but Vanguard reports that the governor insisted this would be to the detriment of the people.
Obiano recalled how the Movement for the Actualisation of a Sovereign State Of Biafra (MASSOB) urged the people not participate in the last census election and how this has left the people to suffer.