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Nigeria: Anambra Monarchs Protest Suspension By Governor Obiano, Say “Nothing Warrants It”

The suspended traditional rulers of Anambra on Thursday said they did not commit any wrong to warrant their suspension by the state government.

The monarchs stated this at a joint press conference addressed by the Igwe of Nawfia, Chioke Nwankwo, in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the traditional rulers were suspended on Tuesday for allegedly travelling out of the state without government’s approval.

The 12 monarchs had travelled to Abuja for an “official engagement”.

A letter announcing the suspension of the 12 traditional rulers for one year, was signed by Greg Obi, Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affairs.

It said the action was taken because they travelled outside the state “without government’s approval.”

But Mr Nwankwo, at the press conference, said the monarchs travelled to Abuia to thank President Mohammadu Buhari for the good things he had been doing for the South-East Zone.

“The visit was to thank Buhari for the appointment of notable Igbo sons and daughters into important positions since he became President.

“Is this an offence? The Second Niger bridge had been presented as an impossible task by previous administrations, but it is now becoming a reality under his watch as it is nearing completion. We appreciated him for this.

“We know that the project is very dear to our hearts because it is key to boosting business activities between the people of the South East and the entire country. Where did we go wrong here?

“The Enugu-Onitsha expressway that the Buhari administration is rehabilitating is another magnificent reason why we went to thank the President.

“The Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway rehabilitation that the government has also embarked on, is another reason why we took the step. These projects have been pipe dreams and had been elusive during past administrations.

“They have given the entire South Eastern people concerns. As Royal Fathers who are custodians of all our heritage, we felt that it was incumbent on us to express our appreciation to the president and to urge him to do more for the zone.

“Where have we committed a crime in these laudable efforts? On what ground is the Igwe and the state government angry with us?”

Mr Nwankwo said what the suspended traditional rulers had done was in exercise of their fundamental human rights, emphasising that “no one can take that from us.”