Deji installs new Igbo Leader in Akure, abolishes Eze Ndigbo tittle.

Written by on August 14, 2021

The Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi has installed a new Igbo leader for the Igbo community in Akure Kingdom.

Oba Aladetoyinbo who had earlier approved the appointment of Chief Umenweke Titus about a year ago, finally performed the traditional installation of the new Igbo leader at a ceremony held at the Ojukoto’s court of the Deji’s Palace.

While performing the rites on the new Igbo leader, the Asamo of Akure Kingdom, High Chief Rotimi Olusanya urged the new leader to continue to toe the path of honour and integrity which he is known for.

The High Chief while urging him to lead the igbo community rightly and ensure that there is a cordial relationship between them and the Akure people, charged him to ensure that there is a continued mutually beneficial relationship between the igbo community and her host.

The Monarch while speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Michael Adeyeye said he had to wait for almost six years after the occupant of the office was removed due to his insubordination and disrespect to the exalted stool of the Akure Monarchy.

He said the essence of waiting was to ensure that the Igbo community presents a consensus candidate that will be acceptable to them.

He also added that the palace took time to do adequate check on the background and antecedents of the new leader before finally installing him to give direction to the Igbo community.

Oba Aladetoyinbo described the Igbos as an integral part of Akure Kingdom.

Responding after taking his oath of allegiance, the new Igbo leader, Chief Umenweke Titus said he was elated that his people found him worthy to be recommended to the Paramount Ruler of Akure Kingdom as their Leader.

Chief Umenweke Titus who took his oath in Akure dialect to the admiration of the people said he had lived in Akure for over fifty years and that all his children speak the dialect and have all their friends here.

The installation was witnessed by the Deji of Akure Kingdom, the Akapinsa of Ipinsa, Akure Senior High Chiefs, High Chiefs, Chiefs and eminent sons and daughters of Akure Kingdom as well as members of Igbo community and other Heads of non-indigene Associations.

The Igbo community had been without a traditionally recognized leader since the removal of the then leader, Mr. Gregory Iloehika and the subsequent placement of ban on the title of Eze Ndigbo in 2016.

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