A truce may be in the offing between Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and the Chairman of South East Council of Traditional Rulers, HRM, Eze (Dr.) Cletus Ilomuanya, as the monarch has publicly declared that he has forgiven the Governor for all his aggressions against him. Eze Ilomuanya, who has won nine court cases against the Governor, also pleaded with Igbos not to react hastily to the threat by Arewa Youths to quit Igbos in the north by October 1, 2017, in the interest of national unity and cohesion.
Speaking in his Palace Extension in Owerri, shortly after receiving the “Distinguished Royal Father Award” for exemplary leadership and conducts, from a media group, Association for Media and Communication Development, Eze Ilomuanya, explained that Okorocha indulged in “error of hubris which led him to indulge in so many unlawful actions including ordering the invasion of my residence in Owerri by government thugs, attempting to dethrone me and the Kangaroo dissolution of the State Council of Traditional Rulers under my Chairmanship”.
He said that since the courts have reversed all these unlawful actions, there is therefore, no need to continue harboring bitterness against the Governor. “I still regard him as my brother and friend. Power could be misused especially when incompetent advisers are hovering everywhere”.
The monarch, who is the Obi of Obinugwu, also appealed to Igbos to allow Ohanaeze Ndigbo and other Igbo leaders, to find a way of resolving the Arewa Youths threat against Igbos peacefully. The situation, he stated, calls for caution on the part of everybody even as he condemned the northern youths for making such reckless statements.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Igbo leaders should be allowed to come up with a position on this vexed issue. Reckless statements won’t address the problem. We must consider the unity of the country and the safety of all Nigerians first. When we are together, we are stronger as a nation than when we are divided”.
He thanked the leadership of the media group led by its President and former National Vice Chairman (Zone C) of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Comrade Onyebuchi Okoronkwo, for the award. He stated that he is dedicating the award to God, Rule of Law, equity and justice, pointing out that being the first traditional ruler to be honoured by the group since its establishment in 2005, is heartwarming.
Earlier, Comrade Okoronkwo averred that Eze Ilomuanya was chosen for the award because of the “Panache, impetus and honour” he has brought to the royal institution in the South East. He described the monarch as “a bridge builder who opened the doors of inter-ethnic relationship between the South East and other parts of Nigeria”, stressing that as a media-friendly monarch, the media practitioners regard him as “a detribalized Nigerian, whose legacies in the growth and development of Igbo traditional institution remain a source of pride to Igbos.