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Selecting A New Attah: A Call For Deep Thinking

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“It will be unfair to the Igala people if a person who has exhausted his service years is brought to retire into this demanding office”

Once upon a time, the stool of Attah Igala was more of a “privilege to reign” than a “call the serve”. That was when all that was required to occupy the stool was to be entitled to it. It did not matter if the person seeking to occupy the stool had the requisite ability and desire to lead his people in the best of their interest.

That was the era an Atta was a law unto himself with unlimited powers and privileges; but with no obligation.

Gradually, things began to change, Atta was no longer just a lord over his people, but a lord in service of his people. This became ripe with the advent of the colonialists; wherein Atta had to represent, strive, negotiate, permute and even lobby on behalf of his people.

The social status and age of an Atta became important as his responsibilities began to expand. this era coincided with the emergence of Atta Ameh Oboni, the youngest Atta on record. It is safe to conclude that Ameh Oboni passes for the most famous Atta, with several developmental achievements to his credit, including; the Idah aerodrome, construction of long stairs down to Ocheche river, construction of the first mud fence round the palace, etc.

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While people agree that Ameh Oboni is the most famous Atta of all times, little is said about the fact that he is still the youngest person to ever occupy that stool; and this is the essence of this intervention.

Ameh Oboni’s age at the time he became Atta has been estimated to be between 31 and 33; and I am convinced that this was exactly why he was able to achieve such feat. For emphasis, In 1946, Atta Ameh Oboni ascended the throne at the young age of 33.

Royal Stool. 

In 1956, Attah Aliyu Otulukpe Obaje ascended the throne at the age of 36

In 2016, At the young age of 15, Chukwuka Noah Akaeze I lost his father on the 5th of January, 2016, to replace King Obi Akaeze Edward Ofulue III, as king of Ubulu-Uku Kingdom in Delta State, following the vacancy of leadership in the Kingdom, the successor to the throne, the young Prince had to take up the position.

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However, at the time of this arrangement, Chukwuka was still in a secondary school in the UK and wasn’t set to return to Nigeria till he was 20 or 21 years old. Therefore, his uncle Anthony Ofulue was chosen to act as his Regent until Obi Chukwuka’s return.

In 2015, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, The Ooni, of the Yoruba kingdom of Ile-Ife was crowned at the age of 41.

King Benjamin Ikenchukwu, Dein, KEAGBOREKUZI 1
ascended the throne after the unfortunate death of his father in 1979. He was 2 years and four months when his father died. He grew up and studied in Buckingham Palace UK for 27 years before finally returning to his Kingdom in the year 2000

The record of the AGBOR Monarch as the youngest Monarch was recorded in the Guinness Book of record in 1981.

Considering the jet-age which we are, an Atta should not just be smart, he should be a technocrat who is up and doing; and all these qualities are more likely to be found in a youth. Apart from these, a young Atta is likely to reign longer, what this means is that it will guarantee a focused and lasting administration.

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Now that Igala Kingdom is again confronted with the task of choosing another Atta, those saddled with this responsibility must think deep, they must ensure that the stool is not made a retiring ground for tired and retired people. The stool is not a place to rest, it is a place to sit and serve; and it will be unfair to the Igala people if a person who has exhausted his service years is brought to retire into this demanding office.

In accordance with Kogi State Government Gazette titled : ‘Igala Area Traditional Council ( Modification of Native Law and Custom) Order, 2015 Procedure and Regulation for the Selection and Ascension to the Stool of Attah Igala’ signed by Kogi State Governor in 2015, Which places Aju Ameacho Royal clan as the next in line of ascension, the Igala Kingmakers are faced with an herculean task to think deep to select a young and vibrant Atta Igala designate from this clan based on the aforementioned points.

This is not an endorsement of any of the contenders, but a call for deep thinking.

Long live Igala Kingdom.

-Okeme Okpanachi writes from Abuja.

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How History Eats it’s Own, Oshiomhole As A Case Study. – Elempe Dele

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All through the Evangelicalism of the #EndSars protest that shook the country to it’s core, nothing was heard of Adams Oshiomole, it seems history has eaten him to silence. If it were to be the time he was the National Chairman of APC, he would have fingered Saraki, Atiku, Dino and perhaps some few others in the protests and the violence that took an unexpected turn of events. He would have gone into a volatile diatribe.

He would have engaged the press in intolerable wild accusations against perceived enemies of Buhari. The last we heard of him was when he begged that the defamation suit against should be forgiven by Governor Ortom of Benue State.

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In my own opinion, history is fair, it depends on where you stand with it. I wrote this piece not to cure history – no one can ever cure history, rather this is a warning to show our generation where pitfalls are in the future.

Elempe Dele write from Edo State.

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APC Membership: The Moral Identity Problem.

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Elempe Dele.

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I have been reading in different forums how APC members continue to attack the lackluster regime of General Buhari, who’s maximum rule under his party, APC, has turned Nigeria into a ragtag country full of insurgents and poverty. We are here in a near state of war and one can only imagine how Somalia was some 10 years ago with different warlords holding their regions. And recently, the country has turned into a place of common breaking-and-entry where businesses of individuals and warehouses housing fovernment palliatives are being attacked daily by the suffering and even enjoying masses.

The convocation ceremony of this act was ironically General Buhari’s fatua against the government of President Jonathan where he said he would make the country ungovernable and that babbons and monkeys will be soaked in blood. Today, General Buhari is the one soaked in blood from his own killings and killings by his own religious and tribal affiliates. He wakes in blood and sleeps in blood. He walks on blood and sits on blood. He is bloodied all over.

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I read with utter dismay how some APC members support the #EndSars protest across most part of the southern swarth and how they condemn General Buhari’s freaking insolence in the face of the brewing anarchy. To me, and in my own opinion, this is a hellish contradiction. For every buharist and for every supporter or member of APC, there is an accomplice to the many civil crimes of Buhari. He is the alter ego of APC hence every APC member fuels his continues legitimacy in power. Nothing will be more lacerating and symbolic if Buhari is left with his tiny inconsequential minority cabal to be the only one remaining in APC.

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His party members must all turn against him since he has since retired himself from leaving up to the “Change’ expectation. We cannot now dabble into his measured feat in nepotism, tribalism and religious bigotry where his section of the country profit not based on merit, but on affiliations. This brings tears to even the eyes of reasonable APC members who taught he will be president for all.

Elections will be lost because of him, just like in Edo State. The people will wash their hands from his evil party and let him and his goons remain there. The members enmasse will denounce their membership because of him.

States that were hitherto APC states will be won by other parties to send messages of total rejection. He would be stripped naked politically just as he and the cabal are stripping the once powerful Tinubu naked beginning from his bedroom Lagos where he said he still the Jagaban. (We have challenged him to walk the streets unguarded)

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In a nutshell, those who claim to be APC members and still have the temerity to continue to condemn General Buhari’s conducts have identity problems of the moral version. You cannot openly be condemning prostitution while you live large from the proceed of the immoral act which your daughter brings home.

I am convinced, persuaded and sure APC will certainly be destroyed beyond repair by self implosion, but let’s quickly aid it’s demise and put the bloodless carcass on the doorsteps of Aso Rock where General Buhari lives so that he can see with his twin eyes the product of his design.

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Two Years After: Ken Immasuagbon Remembers Chief Anthony Akhakon Anenih.

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It has been two years since the political colossus left this world, however his political footfalls still echo in our collective minds. Chief (Dr) Anenih, as I remember him fondly, was in his lifetime a rallying point for PDP members across the country.

He was no doubt a remarkable icon who inspired a lot of us in politics. It was generally agreed he was a great leader who had an undying passion for the PDP family and care for its members.

This astute leader was also a Philanthropists had an exceptional feeling for the people who came in contact with him. He provided the much he could when he saw anyone in need.

Chief (Dr) Anenih

Today, and as always, I recall to mind this rare gem, father, leader and inspirational icon, my prayers is that he should continue to rest in peace under the bussom of his Maker.

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