June 13, 2024

In a statement issued on Friday, the president-general of the coalition, Goodluck Ibem, expressed the group’s disapproval of Mr. Soludo’s treatment of Anambra’s traditional institution, labeling it as undemocratic.

The coalition argued that the law, which prohibits the conferment of chieftaincy titles outside the jurisdiction of a stool without the state government’s approval, is perceived as dictatorial, anti-democratic, anti-people, and barbaric. They emphasized that the law, in their view, does not align with the interests of the people and is more of a decree than a representative piece of legislation.

The coalition urged Governor Soludo to redirect his focus towards delivering democratic benefits to the people, asserting that the law in question hampers the traditional rights and privileges of the citizens.

Notably, the Anambra government, through the Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy, and Community Affairs, took action against a traditional ruler for conferring a chieftaincy title on Ifeanyi Ubah. The government subsequently suspended the ruler and issued warnings to others, demanding a reversal of the recognition. Under pressure, three traditional rulers opted to apologize to the governor and withdrew the titles they had conferred.

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