We Only Recognise Dan Obelle As Our Traditional Ruler — Nawfia Indigenes Declare 

By Raymond Ozoji,  Awka
Indigenes of Nawfia community in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State have unanimously decreed that it is only Daniel Ogochukwu Obelle that they know and recognise as the traditional ruler of the community.
They said any other person posing, acting or parading himself in such capacity is not only shooting himself in the leg but also digging his grave by himself. This was the overall consensus at the First Ofala Festival of His Royal Highness, Igwe Dr . Daniel Ogochukwu Obelle Ezeudo 1 of Nawfia community.
Nawfia, the country home of the Chief Protocol Officer and Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, Chief Chinedu Nkemakonam Nwoye (Glamour), had been without a traditional ruler since the demise of FFBC Nwankwo, the then monarch said to have been loved and cherished by his subjects.
The vacuum created by the death of FFBC Nwankwo lasted many years untill the advent of His Royal Highness Igwe Dr. Daniel Ogochukwu Obelle, who was overwhelmingly elected by the people of Nawfia to steer the community on the part of peace and progress.
Indeed, the community has known peace since the emergence of Igwe Obelle as attested to by indigenes who returned from far and near to witness the very first Ofala festival of the community held at St. Anthony Catholic Church field Nawfia.
Those who spoke to NewsProbe with profound joy in their hearts noted that Nawfia has transited into an era of communal bliss and accelerated progress because Ezeudo is on the throne.
Chief Vincent Chukwuemeka Nwokocha, Chikwado 1 of Nawfia, who went down memory lane, told our reporter that it was the first Ofala festival of Nawfia community in the last 30 years and it was indeed a historic event. That it was the first time the entire village came together to celebrate in one accord.
Nwokocha also noted that since Dr. Daniel Ogochukwu Obelle became the traditional ruler of Nawfia, the entire community has been very peaceful and devoid of communal disputes. He said that the traditional ruler’s name Ezeudo radiates in all the nooks and crannies of Nawfia town and the people are happy with his reign, adding that the Ofala festival was the beginning of greater things to come to the community.
Nwokocha is however of the opinion that Obelle is the only traditional ruler they know and recognise because he was duly elected by the people and not imposed on them. He said Obelle was not the traditional ruler on his own; that he is on the throne of Nawfia by the mandate of the people and also backed by the Government of Anambra State.
Chikwado Nawfia therefore maintained that there was no other individual in the community known as Igwe except Obelle, whom he described as the general consensus of Ndi-Nawfia. That the law will take its cause on any other person who impersonated or paraded himself as parallel traditional ruler in the town.
Also, the newly elected Chairman of Iredina village Nawfia Hon. Engr. Nonso Chinecherem, said the Ofala festival was an indication that peace has eventually returned to the community.
He said they would accord Igwe Obelle all the support he needed as he continues to promote peace as well as steer the community towards economic prosperity. He equally emphasized that Igwe Obelle is the only traditional ruler they recognise in the community and that any other person acting or parading himself in such capacity is a counterfeit.
On his part, Ikenga Oba, Sir Chief Ekene Ebuzeme, one of the very important personalities who graced the Ofala festival of the Igwe, opined that Nawfia people made the right choice by making Obelle their traditional ruler.
Chief Ebuzeme who encouraged other communities where there is no peace to emulate Nawfia community and the traditional ruler, said it was possible to replicate the peace that radiates in Nawfia in other communities because the role of peace in grassroots development can not be overemphasized.
Meanwhile, Igwe Obelle, who stated that his Ofala festival cum Igu Aro Nawfia was epoch-making, maintained that such event had not taken place in the community before.
Obelle said it was not his dream to become the traditional ruler of Nawfia but he had to accept the thrust in order to move his community forward. He said Enugwu-Ukwu, Agukwu-Nri and Enugwu-Agidi who were relatives to Nawfia have had Igu Aros but such festivity, according to him, has eluded Nawfia community for more than 30 years.
He said Nawfia community has been in limbo for far too long but the people are happy now that they have been liberated from what he mentioned as cultural cocoon.
Igwe Obelle who disclosed that it was the first time in 30 years Nawfia community gave chieftaincy awards, noted that his Igu Aro cum Ofala festival provided veritable platform for deserving individuals who have impacted positively on humanity through philanthropy and selfless service to be given chieftaincy recognitions.

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