The Oyigbo/Asa Clan Council of Traditional Chiefs and Elders in Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State has stated that its ancient traditional stool is as old as the clan itself with the title “Onyenweala Stool” and has been in existence before, during and after the colonial rule.
In a press release signed by the Paramount Ruler of Umusia Community and the Onyenweala of Oyigbo/Asa Clan, Eze (Sir) Sunday Ojijiagwo (JP) and the Palace Secretary, Sir (Chief) Amaechi Uche Victor, the council made it clear that the documents relating to the stool which was written by Mr. C. U. Mayne Cadet (a colonial administrator) is registered in the archive as No 7322.
The council stated that contrary to a claim in the National Network Newspaper of Vol. 16 No. 4 edition of January/Februar, 2019 by the duo of Samuel Nkwocha and Samuel Nwankwo alleging that there is no stool in Oyigbo as “Onyenweala” and that Eze (Sir) Sunday Ojijiagwo (JP) is only parading himself as the Paramount Ruler of none existent stool is not correct.
The council further clarified that the said publication lacks facts and is intended to misinform and mislead the public. That the development is also intended to create chaos in a peaceful Oyigbo/Asa clan by mischief makers and so should be discountenanced.
The council further disclosed that Eze (Sir) Sunday Ojijiagwo (JP) is from Umuwarie and was duly installed as the Paramount Ruler of Umusia and by extension Onyenweala Oyigbo/Asa Clan on 22nd October, 1994 and has since been occupying the stool.
The council further maintained that Eze Ojijiagwo (JP) has since the inception of Oyigbo Local Government Area council of Chiefs in 1996 been the secretary of the forum till date unchallenged.
The council made it known that the Palace of Onyenweala is not against the recognition of Ezeoha stool as represented by Mike Nwaji or any other for that matter as according to them, Oyigbo/Asa Clan deserves recognition of first, second and third class chiefs for development purposes.