“WE WOULD RATHER OBEY THE RULE OF LAW THAN OBEY THE OLUBADAN”-ICDA
The Igbo community in Ibadan under the umbrella of Igbo Community Development Association (ICDA) on Thursday said they will summit to rule of law in response to the order given by the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji on the leadership of the Igbo community in Ibadanland. The Olubadan had last Friday endorsed Chief Alloy Obi as the leader of the Igbo community in Ibadan and threatened to order for the arrest of anyone who parades himself as The Leader of the Igbos except Chief Obi that received the monarch’s blessings. But in a reaction to the Olubadan’s threat , the ICDA said they would rather obey the rule of law than the Olubadan.
Chief Emmanuel Ndidi Nzeako, the President ICDA and Chief Alex Anozie, the current leader of the Igbo community in Ibadan, in a separate forum said the Igbo leadership crisis in Ibadan has been resolved by an Ibadan High Court judgement which granted the prayers of Chief Anozie as the only recognised Igbo community leader in Ibadan and Oyo state.
According to a statement by Chief Anozie , the Oyo state High Court judgement on February 18, 2014 was quite explicit on the matter as it proclaimed him the only Igbo leader in Ibadan and Oyo state.
“I am also aware that ,that particular judgement has not been vacated by any superior court even though there has not been a stay of execution against the judgement . The matter is still left in the Appeal Court,” Chief Anozie said.
Speaking on the controversial endorsement of Chief Alloy Obi by the Olubadan, Chief Anozie explained that “I was only invited once by the Olubadan In Council where I met Alloy Obi and the Baale of Ekotedo. I was surprised to see someone like Alloy Obi whom the court ordered to stop parading himself as Igbo leader in Ibadanland. The only message passed on to us was that they do not want the use of the Eze title in Ibadanland as the South East Traditional rulers wrote to stop the use of the title outside Igboland.”
Also, the President of ICDA, Chief Nzeako maintained that they would remain law-abiding citizens and were determined to follow the course of the law. He said, “As citizens of this country, we believe nobody, no matter how highly placed in the society, is above the constitution of Nigeria and on the constitution we stand”.
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