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Late Attah Igala’s wife square up for battle in succession tussle

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Even as the Igala People in Kogi and seven other states across the county look forward to the continuation of the enthronement rites of the designated candidate for the Attah Igala Stool, intrigues and subterfuge have continued to impede the process.

After the period of mourning of the late Attah Idakwo Ameh Oboni II, the Aju-Ameachor, the Ruling House due to produce the Attah in accordance with the Kogi State Igala Area Traditional Council Chieftaincy Succession Law held a meeting at Idah, the Headquarters of the Igala Kingdom 19th of November, 2020 and nominated a retired Central Bank Executive, Prince Samuel Oguche Opaluwa from among three Princes of the house interested in ascending the throne.

The November 19th nomination has already been communicated by the Ruling House to the Kingmakers and other statutory stakeholders.

The next step is the appointment of the nominee as Attah Igala by the Kingmakers who will thereafter be required to communicate the fulfilment of their obligation to the His Royal Highness The Achadu, Who is regarded as the Traditional Prime Minister of the Kingdom for onward transmission to The State Governmentfor approval.

While this process is playing out, one of youngest Prince from family, and a brother with, the same parents with the nominee, it was learnt, has escalated a campaign to supplant his elder brother.

This brazen challenge from the young Prince which has confounded observers of the process, sources told our correspondent, is being orchestrated by the Queen of the Late Attah Idakwo Oboni said to be a first cousin of the two Princes.

Already used to allure of power and perks of royalty the Queen, it’s believed, intends to perpetuate her stay at the Royal Palace if she succeeds in her scheme of enthroning her young cousin. She is reportedly reaching out to statutory stakeholders and Kingmakers to push for the candidature of her preferred cousin.

Also her son whose father was the last occupant of the throne is equally in the contest as a backup even when the Aju-Ocholi Ruling House where he hails from is not entitled to aspire to the throne until the three other Ruling Houses namely Aju-Ameachor, Aju-Akogu and Aju-Aku have taken their turns in that order of rotation.

But the desperation to enjoy “tenure elongation” by the Queen and other beneficiaries of the palace in the immediate past royal regime observers believe is behind the plot to undermine the smooth succession process which is anchored on the tradition of rotation.

However with the succession law which makes it impossible for a candidate to emerge except through a nomination from his Ruling House, it is believed that the gambit of the Queen and her preferred cousin said to be a high ranking para-military officer with a heavy financial war chest is doomed from the start.

Besides, the succession law also provides for preference of seniority In the choice of an Attah.

The Aju-Ameachor family conclave according to records of the meeting took this law and tradition into consideration in arriving at Prince Samuel Opaluwa as the family’s choice.

There were four Princes in the Contest namely James Ufaruna Opaluwa, Samuel Opaluwa Oguche, Matthew Alhaji Opaluwa, a Director With the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Ocholi Opaluwa.
The eldest is James Ufaruna who withdrew on health grounds even before the conclave endorsed Samuel, the next in line of seniority who was eventually nominated as the choice of the family.

At the end of deliberation, Prince Matthew Alhaji had thanked the family stakeholders and called on his brother Ocholi who was on official duty and therefore unavoidably absent to equally respect the family’s choice.

The peaceful process of nomination by the Aju-Ameachor was informed by the desire of members of the Ruling House to end a 101 year jinx which has kept the family away from the throne.

The last Attah produced by the Aju-Ameachor is Oguche Akpa, the grandfather of the nominee and the other Princes, who reigned from 1911-1919. After him there was Attah Atabo Ijomi from the Aju-Akogu Ruling House 1919 -1926; Obaje Ocheje 1926-1945 from Aju-Aku and Attah Ameh Oboni I from Aju-Ocholi 1945- to 23rd June 1956.

After the demise of Attah Ameh Oboni, the Aju-Ameachor picked Opaluwa Oguche eldest son of Oguche Akpa, as their choice. He went through all the rites of Coronation and was awaiting an official crowning ceremony when the Colonial Government of the Northern Nigeria Province procured Prince Aliyu Obaje, son of Obaje Ocheje and turbaned him as Attah Igala in total defiance and disregard for the custom and tradition of succession of the Igala People.
Attah Aliyu Obaje the turbaned usurper ruled for 57 years and passed on in 2013 but the Aju-Ameachor were again disadvantaged because of the prevailing law and tradition at the time which restricts succession to only direct sons of a past Attah. As at 2013 no direct son of Attah Oguche Akpa 1911-1919 was alive anymore. The Aju-Akogu suffered the same disability with no direct son of Attah Ijomi who passed away in 1926 surviving to ascend the throne.

This was the major reason Idakwo Ameh Oboni, a surviving direct eldest son of a past Attah was enthroned.

The Succession law, titled, Igala Area Traditional Council (Modification of Native Law and Customs) Order 2015 was passed by the Kogi State House of Assembly In 2015 to redress the injustice which would have led to the extinction of the Aju-Ameachor and Aju-Akogu as Ruling Houses.

The law was also specific that the rotation will now commence from the Aju-Ameachor Ruling House obviously to compensate them for the injustices and deprivations they have been suffering since 1956.
The choice of Prince Samuel is the first ever nomination of a grandson in the 700 years history of the throne.

The Aju-Ameachor are worried that the shenanigans and schemings of Queen Oboni and her acolytes is threatening this rare opportunity to end the jinx.

A member of the Ruling House told our correspondent:
“Even as it appears that the Kingmakers are set to correct the wrong of contemporary history and restore the sanity, sanctity and integrity embedded in the long standing tradition of the Igala,there are suspicion of some kind of tenure elongation.

“Direct beneficiaries of recent occupants of the throne ,having been acquainted with the allure of power are scheming to distort the law and tradition to pave way for preferred candidates who will undoubtedly play to their dictates.These are the people fanning the embers of disunity among the “Attaity”.

“But the law remains sacroscant because it is the basis of justice.” said the Prince who pleaded anonymity.

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Tor Tiv turbans Nasarawa Gov with Tiv traditional title

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Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia

Nasarawa state Governor, Abdullahi Sule has been turbaned with the traditional tittle of “Asor Mtem U Tiv” meaning “The peace builder of the Tiv nation.”

While bestowing the traditional tittle on the governor, the Tor Tiv, His Majesty Prof. James Ayatse, stated that the traditional tittle has
been approved by the Tiv area traditional council.

According to him, the governor was recognized for protecting all his people, particularly the Tiv indigenes resident in the state.

His words: “But because he is not here in person and we don’t send the tittle to the beneficiary, at his appropriate time he will come to the palace to be decorated and conferred.”

The paramount ruler also honoured the wife of the governor Hajiya Silfat Abdullahi Sule with the traditional tittle of “Hwan U Mtem U
Bem U Tiv” which also is translated as the “Rib of the peace builder of the Tiv Nation.

Expressing his gratitude on him via his tweeter handle @Abdullahi A Sule, governor Sule commended the Tor Tiv, and the entire Tiv nation.

“My immense gratitude to the Tor Tiv, His Majesty Prof. James Ayatse and the Tiv Nation for honouring me with the traditional tittle of “As or Mtem U Tiv” which translates to ” The peace builder of the Tiv Nation “.We will not relent in the search for peace in Nasarawa and beyond,” Sule added.

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Gov Bello felicitates with new Emir of Kagara

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NIGER State Governor and Chairman North Central Governor’s Forum (NCGF), Abubakar Sani Bello has congratulated the newly appointed 3rd Emir of Kagara, Alhaji Ahmed Garba Gunna.

Appointment of Garba Gunna followed the death of Alhaji Salihu Tanko who died Tuesday, March 2nd 2021 after 39 years on the throne.

Alhaji Ahmed Garba Gunna scored the highest number of votes in the recently concluded election by the electoral college of the Kagara Emirate and subsequently declared winner.

Bello, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel-Berje, described the appointment as well-deserved stressing that his nomination by the kingmakers stands him out as the one with the royal pedigree to stir the emirate to greatness.

Governor Sani Bello expressed the believe that, as a reputable professional and public servant, the new Emir has the capacity to build on the legacies of his predecessors by upholding the sanctity of the traditional institution.

“Your appointment, after serving the emirate as Dan Majen Kagara, to the exalted seat also represents the confidence and belief of the entire people of the emirate that you will bring your wisdom and expertise in preserving the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the people”.

He reminded the new Emir that he was ascending the throne at a critical period of insecurity in his domain and urged him to use his wealth of experience by collaborating with relevant stakeholders to bring enduring peace to the area.

The Governor called on the people of Kagara Emirate to support the New Emir to bring harmony and peaceful coexistence towards the socioeconomic development of the area in particular and the state in general.

The new Emir was, until his appointment, the Acting Chairman Niger State Board of Internal Revenue and the Dan Majen Kagara

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Olusunle speaks on the glamour of Ogidi Day

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A former presidential advisor Dr Tunde Olusunle, Scholar and Poet has described Ogidi day as Nigeria’s biggest cultural event.
While reminiscing on his past experiences he said he has attended Ogidi Day on a number of occasions, usually on the invitation of his senior professional colleague and brother, Mr. Tunde Ipinmisho.

“I’ve always been thrilled at the ability of the fiesta to draw guests and invitees from across  the broad spectrum of society. This for sure, is an unmissable intersection of colours, cultures and history.

“The overall ambience, the dancing, the spell-binding performances  and displays, continue to intrigue you even after the event.

Continuing, he said  Ogidi Day among others, is one programme which re-enacts the Yoruba-ness of the Okun people of Kogi State’s Western Senatorial Zone that responds to the misgivings of doubters, and confused proponents of the sociocultural ambivalence of the Okun people.

“Ogidi Day challenges other communities in Okunland to take genuine pride in their heritage and culture, and to happily flaunt these in the face of the world.

“Ogidi Day, Nigeria’s biggest culture event in June comes up again on *Saturday, June 19, 2021.*Prepare to relish the grandeur of pure culture”

Ogidi-Ijumu, also affectionately called Ogidi-Ela by its people, is a small Yoruba town about 56 miles North West of Lokoja in Kogi State, Nigeria.
With s population of about 15,000 according to 2011 national census, Ogidi is known for its formations of igneous rock mountains, a traditional art industry, hospitality, valour and a deep tradition of self-reliance.

The language spoken in Ogidi is the Okun dialect of Yoruba. The men are traditionally farmers and hunters, and the women are renowned for arts, craft and trading.

Administratively, Ogidi-Ijumu was under the Northern Region with Kaduna as the capital. With the creation of 12 states, it came under Kwara State with Ilorin as the capital.

Today, Ogidi-Ijumu is under Ijumu Local Government Area (hereinafter referred to as “the LGA”) in Kogi State with Lokoja as the capital.
Ogidi shares boundaries with Kabba in Kabba/Bunnu LGA, and Ayere, Iyara and Ogale in Ijumu LGA.

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