Two captains cannot be on a boat, so goes an age long adage. But right now there are even more than two captains in the boat of Agulu Out, Aguleri Community in Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State, where three men are jostling for one stool.
Apart from the effects of battles on the individual royal combatants, there is tension in the community, whose residents are divided into three camps, each behind one claimant. The community shares boundaries with Aguleri, Umuoba Anam, and ivite Aguleri.
Since their monarch, Igwe Titus Nwata died some years ago, the sleepy Community has been without a traditional ruler, only administered by Ndi Ichief Celders-in-council), City People learnt that the community traditionally rotates the traditional stool among three-quarters in the area, Umuriabo, Umuanevilli, and Okpara.
But the monarch of the community is selected by Ndichie. Today, however, that spirit of sharing seems lost or at best weakened.
It now looks as if everyone fends for themselves, the communal tradition all but gone, especially in mothers of royal throne.
Three persons in the community lay claim to the traditional stool of Eziagulu-Otu Aguleri, each of them as prominent as the other, all bearing the royal titled of Igwe (King).
They are Igwe Peter Chukwuenze Anielutu, Igwe Michael O.N Enemuo, and Igwe Peter Ikegbunam Udorji.
Among the three, Igwe Udorji was recently given a certificate of recognition by the state government some said hurriedly, despite the pendency of the matter at the state High Court Otuocha.
The action of the state government has further sparked off more controversy in the area. For Udorji has not vacated the “Convict” slur hanging on his head.
Igwe Udorji alleged that it was one of the claimants to the throne, Igwe Enemuo that was involved in advance fee fraud commonly called 419 and not himself.
Igwe Enemuo laughed off Udorji’s allegation, saying he would make to other inputs in the matter until the court process ends.
However, Igwe Anielutu who hails from Umuanevill. Clan is fully xxx of the constitution of the led that became operational in 2015.
Also, the oldest man in the Community, Ogbuayinya Nnechi Mmorah is the head of the body known as Ndichie in Council, the highest decision-making body in the community and has been backing Anielutu.
Mmorah’s father before his death, it was gathered presided over the selection of Anielutu and his subsequent installation in 2013.