By Emeka Akomas, Umuahia
The traditional ruler of Oboro Autonomous Community H.R.M. Eze Sir, Ralph Ogbonna has denied selling the community lands to Fulani herdsmen, following allegations that some traditional rulers in the area are planning to sell their lands to Fulani herdsmen.
Eze Ogbonna who made the denial in a statement issued in Umuahia to journalists made it clear that he is deep rooted in Igbo culture, norms, custom and tradition.
Besides, the deficit land in his community cannot be spared an inch for grazing area adding that, “It is also on record that I am a full-blooded Igbo Statesman grounded in the customs and traditions of the Igbo race, hence will never sell my origin.”
Eze Ogbonna further said that he does not harbour Fulani herdsmen contrary to insinuations held by a group, insisting that detractors and enemies of peace are behind the allegation.
The traditional ruler noted with dismay that since he emerged the leader of the community and his subsequent appointment into the council of Abia State Traditional Rulers Council, those who vowed not to say good about him, have been attacking him.
“I, want to vehemently refute and deny these allegations and insinuations as false and act by detractors and enemies of peace. For avoidance of doubt, I wish to state that since the decision of Oboro people to fill the vacant stool of Oboro Clan Head and subsequent appointment as member of Abia State Traditional Rulers Council, some disgruntled elements have been throwing stones of calumny and hate to discredit my person and defame/tarnish my character.”
“It is on record that I have consistently stood against the sale of large expense of land without clearance from government and this can be attested to and confirmed from minutes of meetings of Ikwuano Traditional Rulers with Ikwuano Local Government and Abia State.
“Implored to discountenance any allegation and/or insinuations linking me with these allegations of falsehood, please. I am 78 years old, a Traditional Ruler and a grandfather.”