By Joseph Albert (Umunna TV)
After all rituals associated with initiation into Nze na Ozo society, members in Nsukwu, one of the villages in Abatete community in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State have received certificate of life membership.
Anambra State Commissioner for Entertainment, Culture and Tourism, Comrade Don Onyenji, who presented the certificate to members, said the role of Nze na Ozo society in Igbo traditional setting is still critical in maintaining peace in communities, with ripple effects on the State and nation at large.
While commending members of Nze na Ozo Nsukwu Abatete for doing what is considered scarce in modern society, especially in the area of dispensing justice, the Commissioner reminded them that members of the society were known for standing by the truth at all times, and should continue in same aspect, in order to sustain peace; anchored on truth, and critical in achieving sustainable development.
He likened the role of the Peace and Reconciliation Committee inaugurated by Governor Chukwuma Soludo for the purpose of achieving lasting peace in Anambra and Southeast to that of Nze na Ozo society, adding that within his one hundred days in office, the Governor has taken steps of a good planner, and will soon unleash his other developmental programmes for the State.
Earlier in his address, the Chairman of Nze na Ozo Nsukwu Abatete, Chief Ugonna Obianyo, said the certificate gives identity and honour to members, and recalled that prior to the advent of colonialism and christianity, Nze na Ozo society was established by the forefathers for the purpose of maintaining peace, orderliness and good governance in various Igbo communities, with disputes settled by Ozo titled men and village heads, while “duuru”, that is, eldest Nze, acted as the Supreme court.
He said Nze na Ozo society has presently become a great movement and more relevant to communities, including Abatete, as members have continued to play pivotal roles in maintaining peace and order, imbibing truth as a virtue.
The Chairman of the occasion, Barrister John Oguejiofor, who noted that Nze na Ozo status are meant for the noble in Igboland, and are stepping stones to the highest title, said reformations have made the society open to people of all religious persuasions who promote peace, calling on members to remain worthy of their status.
Others, including Prince Chuba Mkpume and Chief Chris Okongwu called on members to rededicate themselves to the ideals of Nze na Ozo society.
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