Former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, whose father, Professor Chukwuka Okonjo, Obi of Okwashi-Uku died recently is in hot soup.
She has been accused by her uncle, Patrick Okonjo of hijacking the functions of the royal family and men who should traditionally announce the death of the traditional ruler and also anointing her younger brother as a successor to the throne without the approval of the ruling council.
Patrick Okonjo in a statement said; “It is sacrilegious of Ogwashi-Uku custom and tradition for a princess to announce the transition of a monarch or proclaim another. It is a purely traditional function.”
However, the Royal Family, debunked claims of Obi Ifechukwude Okonjo being installed wrongly as the King of Ogwashi-Uku community.
“Late Okonjo was never an Obi of Ogwashi-Uku under our tradition but a mere regent. Accordingly, his first child cannot be Obi as deceitfully inferred by Ngozi.”
“We want to make this known: Patrick Okonjo does not speak for the family; he speaks only for himself as he has always done” a statement released by the acting Diokpa; Umu Obi Obahai Royal family, Prince Emmanuel Ohei and others read in part.
“The new Obi was rounding off some traditional rites and would soon begin his reign.”