History is about to be made in Igboland, as major traditional rulers in the South-East have set December 28, 2018 to abolish the controversial Osu caste system in the region.
The Osu caste system denigrate certain classes of people considered to be dedicated to deities (Alusi) while the Ohuare are said to be slaves by birth.
According to a statement released on Tuesday, the event marking the abolition of the Osu caste system in Igbo land would take place at the Nri Palace in Anambra State.
Quoting the Regent of the ancient Nri Kingdom, Prince Ikenna Onyesoh, the statement said it would be “spiritually suicidal” for anyone to continue with the obnoxious Osu practice after it had been abolished.
Prince Onyesoh said: “Come December 28, 2018, more stringent spiritual implications will be pronounced from Ikpo Eze-Nri against such devaluation of mankind, after an extensive spiritual abrogation exercise.”
Also, the traditional rulers of Eri were quoted in the statement to have said they were all set for the abolition.
The Chairman of Eri Dynasty Traditional Rulers Forum, Eze Nkeli Nzekwe Kelly, was also quoted to have said: “The whole world needs to witness what is about to happen in our land on December 28, 2018 because such a thing has never happened before.
“The last time in history anything close to this happened was 200 years ago. And mark my words, after these abolition and atonement exercises, anybody who continues to uphold these practices will have themselves to blame.
“It’s time to end these once and for all and unite our people for the new era. It’s time for our estranged brothers and sisters who were sold into slavery to return home. We are more than ready to atone for the sins of our forefathers and reunite with our kits and kins in America, Europe, the Islands, and beyond. It’s time.”
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