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Published On: Thu, Oct 15th, 2020

Monarch ends ancestry debate, favours Igbo origin in Asaba

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From: Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

The Asagba of Asaba, Obi Chike Edozein on Wednesday put an end to the controversy over the ancestry of Asaba community, favouring the Igbo argument against the Igala theory of origin of Asaba people.
Speaking to Journalists in his palace, Obi Chike Edozein said that the Asaba people shared closer affinity and deeper cultural motifs such as language with the Igbos west of the Niger, adding that Igbos are brothers to Asaba people.
He noted that prominent sons and daughters of Asaba played prominent roles during the Nigeria Biafra war to defend what they believed in, the Monarch held the positions in the apex Igbo sicio cultural organization known as Ohaneze Ndigbo and recalled the sinppets of the genocide which he said, obliterated two generations of all the educated people in Asaba.
Obi Chike Edozein however demanded for the establishment of a Federal University in Asaba, adding that although Gen Yakubu Gowan who was the then Head of State, had apologized in a personal capacity and several years ago after the war, but regretted that” although we accepted the apology, the compensation is yet to come”.

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