Ebele Obiano: Avoiding future slapping farewell gift
By Valentine Amanze
“As the inaugural ceremony for Prof Charles Soludo and his deputy began; and all guests were seated, the former First Lady of Anambra State, Mrs Ebele Obiano, was noticeabley absent.
“She then arrived some one-and-a-half hours later, while the ceremony was on. I didn’t pay any particular attention to her arrival. Surprisingly, she walked towards me and I thought she was coming to greet me. Instead, when she got to where I was seated, she verbally attacked me with her voice raised, taunting me and asking me what I was there to do and using unprintable vile language.
“She asked if I had come to celebrate their last day in office. But I ignored her completely. Then, she kept aggressively putting her hands on my shoulders and shouting. While I ignored her verbal onslaught, as advised by those sitting around me, I requested twice that she refrained from touching me with her hands.”
This was the genesis of the big farewell slap that rocked the swearing ceremony of Prof Charles Chukwuma Soludo, the new governor of Anambra State on Thursday March 17, 2022.
The onslaught by Ebele Obiano, the wife of the former governor on Bianca Ojukwu, the widow of the late Igbo leader, Ikemba Nnewi Emeka Ojukwu, will ever remain green in the minds of Anambra State indigenes, Ndigbo and the world.
The uniqueness of Mrs Obiano’s shameful outburst was not only distracting, and entertaining but a disgrace to womanhood and an undiluted exhibition of what the domestic life is for Chief Willie Obiano, the former governor and husband.
While it appeared that she had been rehersing the act in the Government House for the past eight years with workers and associates, why choosing the big ceremony of the new governor and the widow of the late Igbo leader?
No doubt, Mrs Ebele Obiano has desecrated the Igboland; and no wonder the Obi of Awka Ancient Kingdom, Eze Uzu III of Awka, Obi Austin Ndigwe, and the gods are angry.
Ndigwe, in a statement, confirmed that the action of Mrs Obiano desecrated Awka land and had given Mrs Obiano seven days to publicly apologise to the entire Igbo people or face serious consequences.
He described the actions of the wife of the former governor as sacrilegious, and that as the monarch of the town, the former first lady would have to appease the gods of Awka land to avoid calamities.
It is unfortunate that Mrs Ebele Obiano, with that singular act, proberbly induced by alcohol, put the Nigerian women back inside their political cocoon, where men will perpetually determine their fate.
Imagine Ebele disgracing womanhood publically at a period the world was celebrating the International Women’s Day and Soludo.
She has thrown all the struggles by women for gender equality to the trash bin.
If Ebele was the governor, all the women in the world would have been forced to prostrate before her every morning.
As the chief celebrant, Soludo, has appealed for her forgiveness, her action would remain indelible in Anambra State and Igboland.
But, to avoid repetition of her actions, wives of all incoming governors must undergo mental and psychiatric tests, while the society will define for them their roles in governance since the Constitution does not recognize the office of first ladies. Therefore, they must not be given offices at the Government Houses.