Cul­tural dis­play as new Eze Igbo emerged in Kafan­chan

Last week, Kafan­chan, a town in Kaduna State, came alive with the en­throne­ment of a new Igbo leader. The cer­e­mony was an op­por­tu­nity to show­case the peo­ple’s cul­ture.

Sunday Trust - - NEWS ROYALE - From Ahmed Ali, Kafan­chan

The ever-busy Kafan­chan town in Jama’a Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Kaduna State wit­nessed a car­ni­val of sorts dur­ing the for­mal en­throne­ment of Chief Richard Og­bonna as the Eze Igbo II. He was in­stalled by the Emir of Jama’a, Al­haji (Dr) Muham­mad Isa Muham­mad 11.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, tra­di­tional Igbo folk­lores and dances were pre­sented, to the ad­mi­ra­tion of on­look­ers.

Dressed in tra­di­tional at­tires with red caps, many Igbo res­i­dents in Kafan­chan and en­vi­rons thronged the palace of the Emir of Kafan­chan to wit­ness the epoch-mak­ing event.

Shortly af­ter the coro­na­tion, the new Eze went round ma­jor streets of Kafan­chan on horse­back, fol­lowed by Igbo and Hausa singers, among oth­ers, in the spirit of brother­hood and one­ness in the mul­ti­cul­tural com­mu­nity.

Mas­quer­ades thrilled the crowd with spec­tac­u­lar dis­plays as they gath­ered in var­i­ous streets, up to the res­i­dence of the new Eze at the Hayin Gada area of the town, where there were more dances and other cul­tural dis­plays.

Shortly af­ter the coro­na­tion, the emir said they had lived peace­fully with the Igbo com­mu­nity for a long time, to the ex­tent that his late fa­ther, Al­haji Isa Muham­mad Sani, in­cluded them in the Emi­rate Coun­cil.

He, there­fore, called on other tribes in South­ern Kaduna to con­tinue to em­brace peace as it is the only be­drock for so­cial and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in any com­mu­nity. “With­out peace there will be no mean­ing­ful de­vel­op­ment,” he em­pha­sized.

The emir also called on the peo­ple, es­pe­cially the youth, to come out and vote wisely and avoid any vi­o­lence dur­ing and af­ter the forth­com­ing gen­eral elec­tions.

In his speech, the new Igbo chief, who is the sec­re­tary of the Kafan­chan Mar­ket Traders As­so­ci­a­tion, de­scribed his coro­na­tion as an hon­our and recog­ni­tion to the Igbo com­mu­nity in the lo­cal gov­ern­ment area.

He thanked the emir and his tra­di­tional coun­cil for ac­cept­ing the rec­om­men­da­tion of his pre­de­ces­sor, Eze Chima Okoli, the first Eze Igbo in Jema’a, who has re­lo­cated to his home­town. Okoli had named Og­bonna to take over from him.

“What you have done to­day con­firmed that you are fol­low­ing the foot­steps of your late fa­ther, Al­haji Isa Muham­mad Sani, the 10th Emir of Jama’a, who saw the need to in­clude Igbo, Yoruba, Nupe and other tribes in his tra­di­tional coun­cil to en­hance brother­hood and peace­ful co­ex­is­tence,” Og­bonna said.

The new Eze ap­pealed to his peo­ple to give him a max­i­mum sup­port to ren­der qual­ity lead­er­ship that would en­hance unity, love, as well as pro­vide an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for them to carry out their busi­nesses.

“Igbo peo­ple are peace lovers. We are do­ing our busi­nesses here in peace with all our neigh­bours across tribes and re­li­gions,” he added.

He also promised to carry ev­ery­body along and abide by the rules and reg­u­la­tions of the Emi­rate, Jema’a Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Kaduna State and the coun­try in gen­eral.

Some Igbo peo­ple who spoke with Daily Trust on Sun­day ex­pressed grat­i­tude for the op­por­tu­nity to have a new tra­di­tional leader in the Emi­rate. They called on the new Eze to show good lead­er­ship ex­am­ple by de­liv­er­ing fair judge­ments in mat­ters of dis­pute.

Also in­stalled as Sarkin Ka­bilu of Jama’a was a prom­i­nent Igbo leader, Mr. De­clane Benco.

Shortly af­ter the coro­na­tion, the emir said they had lived peace­fully with the Igbo com­mu­nity for a long time, to the ex­tent that his late fa­ther, Al­haji Isa Muham­mad Sani in­cluded them in the Emi­rate Coun­cil

PHO­TOS:

A sec­tion of Igbo el­ders at the palace of the Emir of Jama’a in Kafan­chan dur­ing the coro­na­tion Ahmed Ali

Emir of Jama’a, Al­haji Muham­mad Isa Muham­mad II

Chief Richard Og­bonna, Eze Igbo II dur­ing his coro­na­tion

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