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Why I didn’t take chieftaincy in Anaocha, by Ozigbo

Valentine Ozigbo

‘After thoughtful consultation with Anaocha’s esteemed leaders, I’ve made the difficult decision not to partake in this weekend’s ceremony’

By Valentine Amanze

A chieftain of the Labour Party (LP) and the former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State, Mr. Valentine Ozigbo, has excused himself from the chieftaincy title, of “Enyi Oma Anaocha.” that would have been conferred upon him by the Anaocha communities at the weekend.

He politely turned down the title for peace to continue reigning in the communities.

In a statement made available to Nigeria News Flight on Thursday Ocober 5, 2023, Ozigbo also apologized to the Anaocha Traditional Council and the entire community for his inability to take the title.

His words: “I was deeply honoured to have been chosen for the title of “Enyi Oma Anaocha.” However, it has come to my attention that certain interests, perhaps, feeling uneasy about our collective progress, are attempting to politicise this traditionally significant award. This not only threatens the sanctity of our traditions but could also spark unnecessary divisions within our beloved communitities.

“After thoughtful consultation with Anaocha’s esteemed leaders, I’ve made the difficult decision not to partake in this weekend’s ceremony. This decision was not made lightly. It reflects my commitment to ensuring that our traditions remain untainted and our communities remain harmonious.”

Also read: Anambra @32: Ozigbo insists on youth development, women empowerment

He also assured of his commitment to serving the community and pushing for the betterment of Anambra State.

Meanwhile, Ozigbo has described Nigeria’s journey since independence in 1960 as that of bittersweet tale of partial realisation, often hijacked by vested interests and detours that have threatened to derail the nation’s collective ambition.

He stated this in his independence message, “Nigeria at 63: New Month, Renewed Nation Infinite Possibilities.”

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