Newly crowned Igbo Igew, Dr Nathaniel M Nwosu, the Eze Igbo Iburugbur in Sierra Leone has recently disclosed in a press conference that his coronation has nothing to do with cultism.
The Igew explained that the reason for the conference was to let Sierra Leoneans know that “an Igew has nothing to do with idol worshiping or its related practices…”
He disclosed that an Igew is a person that has been proven by his people; both in character and contribution, adding that he must also be an upright man, who is able to maintain justice.
Like a Paramount Chief, Igew Barry continued, “the people’s interests are paramount to an Igew. He maintained peace and order and whatever judgment, he gives stands,” said Chief Barry.
Chief Barry explained that the coronation rite is borrowed from the Bible where Samuel anoints, both Saul and David “that is why our coronation was performed by men of God both from Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
The Igew explained that the Igbos are a group of people from the eastern part of Nigeria, “we have our culture and tradition which we uphold anywhere we found ourselves in different countries where Igbos are residing; we have Ezes’ i.e. the King who is the custodian of our culture and tradition and part of this is to maintain peace, order, harmony and unity among other things. It is against this backdrop that the Igbos in Sierra Leone on 7th September unanimously elected me to be the first Eze Ndi, Igbo in Sierra Leone,” he explained.