His Royal Majesty, Igwe Chijioke Nwankwo, Osuofia II of Nawfia, the traditional ruler of Nawfia Kingdom in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State, has said there are many challenges facing the traditional governance institution.
He traced the possible causes of friction between traditional rulers and President-Generals of town unions to the ‘divide and rule’ method, saying that in most cases, the state Government does not carry out enough investigations on any report before taking action. He said: “For instance, I once received a letter from the state government about the vigilante group. They asked me to nominate 10 members, while the town union leadership was to also nominate another 10 members.
“I refused to do that. I told them I would not be part of it. This is because the Anambra State Vigilante Law of 2014, which was amended in 2015, is very specific and unequivocal on such issue.” While explaining that the law stipulated that the Igwe is the Chief Security Officer of the town, Igwe Nwankwo disclosed that when the issue of electing his town’s President-General arose, he asked the state executive to follow the law, since according to him, “their duty is to enforce the law.”