UBULU-UKU COMMUNITY SEEKS SOLUTION TO KINGSHIP CRISIS
Traditional stakeholders at Ubulu-Uku in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State have renewed efforts to bring an everlasting peace in the community by resolving issues associated with their kingship institution.
The meeting which was attended on Saturday by representatives of the descendants of the two main lineages that founded the kingship institution in Ubulu-uku kingdom was held at the country home of the Onishe (traditional prime minister) of Ubulu-Uku Kingdom; Chief Emma Ejiofor.
The two main lineages are the Umu-Anugwe and the Umu-Ozim (descendants of Ezemu) who attended the meeting along with representatives from other lineages including traditional chiefs like Ojiba, Odafe and some others.
The meeting was summoned in the light of the lingering conflict of interest amongst Ubulu-uku citizens, as it concerns the throne.
It was gathered that many indigenes of Ubulu-Uku both at home and in the Diaspora have not been happy with the slow progress of the town principally due to the fact that there has been absence of effective traditional leadership.
Participants at the meeting had agreed that there was the need to right the wrongs of the past by resorting to tradition in finding solution to the lingering lack of oneness amongst citizens of Ubulu-Uku.
The Umu-Anugwe lineage had earlier issued a communique published in the SUN newspaper to the effect that they would recognize a king of Ubulu-Uku based only on the principle of primogeniture in line with Ubulu-Uku tradition.
They declared their intention to come before any adjudicator to give witness on what the Ubulu-Uku tradition has been from the time the kingdom evolved.
It was therefore agreed that the Umu-Ozim who are the traditional owners of the throne (king makers) should step up effort at addressing the issue of who is the rightful king of Ubulu-Uku based on the principle of primogeniture.
Already some issues relating to the kingship are in court but the meeting of Saturday by the stakeholders seemed to be a step towards resolving the issues by the parties involved.
Earlier in his welcome speech, Chief Ejiofor noted that for some years now there have been pressures from some quarters on him as the Onishe to seek a means of bringing all stakeholders associated with the kingship controversy to find solution in the interest of the entire community. He explained that he had ignored such calls as some of the parties were already in court, but he could no longer allow the spirit of disintegration to pervade the community further, hence there was the need to bring everyone together.