25th November, 2010
By Cyriacus Izuekwe
Plans have been concluded by the Igbo community in Lagos State for the celebration of new yam festival in the state with the southeast traditional rulers in attendance.
The event will be celebrated with the southeast traditional rulers led by Eze Cletus Ilomuanya who will perform the traditional rites as demanded by the Igbo tradition.
The event being organised by the Igbo community in Lagos State on 4 December, this year will be attended by the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, traditional rulers from the east and prominent Ndigbo in the state.
The leader of Ndigbo in Lagos State, High Chief Christian C. Nwachukwu, confirmed that the traditional rulers from the east will be coming to Lagos for the event as earlier agreed when he was appointed as the leader of Ndigbo in the state.
He explained that following the ban of Eze Ndigbo in Lagos State, and the appointment of the Onye Ndu Ndigbo in the state, certain agreement was reached.
He said that part of the agreement was that the traditional rulers will always come to celebrate the festival with the Igbos in the state, while reiterating the earlier decision of the traditional rulers to ban the title and coronation of the Eze Ndigbo outside igbo land.
â€œSince the Lagos State government does not want the title and it was supported by the traditional rulers of south east, I have no option than to abide by their decision pending the time they will decide otherwise,â€ he stated.
Nwachukwu maintained that he is the leader of Ndigbo and new leaders hasbeen appointed for Ndigbo in the local governments of the state.
He said certificate will be issued to them during the festival.