The palace of the traditional ruler of Obollo autonomous community, Edwin Mbaeyi, in Isiala Mbano Local Government of Imo state, has been set ablaze by angry youths of the community because the King refused to coronate one Chijioke Njokuocha as the traditional prime minister of the community after the death of his father, Samuel Njokuocha .
According to the an eye witness identified as Collins, the tradition of the land state that the position of traditional Prime Minister is hereditary but at the passage of the last traditional Prime Minister, the king decided to change another person, Jasper as traditional Prime minister, instead of Chijioke who is the son of the late Traditional Prime Minister, a move that angered the youths.
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The source said “Our traditional ruler has insisted on making Chief Jasper Nwachukwu our traditional Prime Minister as against the rightful owner. The position of the prime minister in our community is hereditary.
“After the death of our prime minister, Chief Samuel Njokuocha, our custom, and tradition demand that his first son, Chijioku Njokuocha, should be coronated.
“This issue started since 2016 and our traditional ruler has remained adamant and wants to go against the culture and tradition of our people. Even the office of the governor on conflict resolution had mandated him to coronate the rightful person but he vehemently refused.
“After much persuasion, he agreed to do the coronation today (Tuesday) after he had boycotted it one month ago.
“To the chagrin of the people who had gathered with much excitement to witness the ceremony he declined. The youths were embittered. They had no other option than to set the palace ablaze after the monarch had fled “.