News - South East - Anambra Updated: January 19, 2024

Ex-LG boss urges Soludo to avoid confrontation with monarchs

By Rasheed Olajide Awoniyi
January 19, 2024

Governor Chukwuma Soludo has been advised by eminent Anambra elder statesman Chief Rommy Okoli to steer clear of needless confrontations with the state's traditional and religious leaders.

Former local government chairman Okoli voiced worries about the recent verbal spat between the church, traditional rulers, and Soludo's administration.

Speaking with reporters in Awka on Thursday, Okoli claimed that the insults diverted attention away from talking about measures to enhance the welfare of the populace.

“The events in Anambra are no longer palatable. The conversation in the media is no longer about the well-being of our people. This must be checked before it degenerates to anarchy,” he said.

Okoli counselled Soludo to assume complete control and prevent propagandists and appointees from inciting unrest throughout the state.


He said that recordings purportedly depicting the demolition of companies in unapproved areas were detrimental to Anambra's advancement and reputation.

“We have seen the face-off between the government and the church, between the government and traditional rulers and even videos on the destruction of businesses they say are operating in unapproved locations.

“This is not good for the image of our state. It is not good for the progress of our state. We need positive and constructive engagement to sustain the peace and tranquillity we are getting back,” he said.

The veteran statesman emphasised that Anambra had always appreciated peaceful politics and asked Soludo to stay on task.

Rather, Okoli suggested that Soludo work with federal legislators such as Ifeanyi Ubah, Tony Nwoye, and Victor Umeh to draw in more development to the state.


“These people mean well and the masses love them. Let love reign,” he said.

Okoli urged Soludo to assume complete control and prevent propagandists from inciting needless confrontations with reputable organisations.    

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