The Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Achebe, taking majesty steps at Ofala
By Sunny A. David
The Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, has said without love, unity and understanding there would be no end in sight to crisis, kidnapping insurgency and other clandestine activities in Nigeria.
He stated this in his massage to Nigerians and Onitsha community at Ime Obi Palace on Friday, during the 18th Ofala festival.
Igwe Achebe said peace, unity and understanding is panacea for the countries development, while calling on all Nigerians to embrace peace, shun kidnapping insurgency armed robbery among other clan detesting activities if the country must develop.
The Onitsha community had earlier in the morning defied the torrential rain that disputed the Ofala Festival to throng to Ime Obi square to celebrate the annual ritual.
The occasion which was celebrated with pump and pageantry later in the day attracted the Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Ikem Okeke, the State’s Chairman of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Damian Okeke Ogene.
The Bishop emeritus, Most Revd. Maxwell Anikwenwa, traditional rulers from various communities of the state as well as Onitsha community within and outside the country and also seated were the Otuodu Society Women of Onitsha and the Ozo titled holders of Onitsha.
It was climaxed by the first appearance of the Obi in public glare, as he takes his dancing steps to Egwu Ota, the Onitsha cultural dance meant for the exclusive class of Agbalanze and the traditional ruler.
In a speech the Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Nkem Okeke, applauded the traditional ruler of Onitsha Kingdom and Igwe Achebe for keeping with the traditional and custom of the Igbo people.
He said: “The Onitsha Kingdom is our pride of culture and traditional, government of Anambra State under Governor Willie Obiano is very proud of the community and Anambra State.
That is the more reason His Excellency is putting every machinery in motion to ensure adequate security of life and properly of the citizens “Anambra State is the pride of Igbo Nation and is very entrepreneur in native and today his Excellency in lunching operation Nkpochapu to erasure that the state is not safe for criminals in the state.