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Kolanut war in Igboland!

AFTER the Aguleri-Umuleri war that claimed many lives and property in 2000 over land, another one is brewing in the area, this time, over the breaking of kolanut.

Kolanut is celebrated by the Igbo so much so that enormous time is spent doing so in any gathering.

Such was the occasion at Otuocha, the headquarters of Anambra East local government area, during the visit of Governor Willie Obiano to the area. Kolanut had been passed around as usual and, when it was time for breaking it, the traditional rulers present disagreed over who should break it.

In the moments that followed, two monarchs, Igwe Benneth Izuchukwu Emeka of Umuleri and Igwe Alex Edozieuno of Aguleri Otu, who is the Chairman of Anambra East Traditional Rulers Council, exchanged hot words over the breaking of the kolanut.

It was gathered that the disagreement embarrassed Obiano such that his protocol officers had to shelve the breaking of kolanut on that occasion. Days after, Edozieuno announced the suspension of Emeka from the council for one year during which period he would not attend any meeting organized by the body.

Vanguard, Sunday 17, February.

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