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The Obuzor is the king of Ibusa, Ibusa, Igbuzo, Igbuzor, Igbouzo,
Ibuzo, Ibuzor is a town located 6 miles from Asaba, the present capital
According to tradition, a coup was plotted against him by his chiefs because
of the frequent interference of his wife as the tradition of the town forbids
the involvement of women in the traditional affairs of the town. King Ezesi was
said to have fled to Ejeme-Unor, an Anioma community in
This system was in place until the Ibusa Community Development Union (ICDU) devised the Obuzor political system for the town. The introduction of the Obuzor institution became one of the most controversial and turbulent period in the modern history of the town, for the reason I have pointed out in series of my previous write-ups. First, monarchical system of government as relatively strange in the modern history of the town should be counted responsible, second, the crafters of the institution in my opinion did not do a fine and exhaustive job because it was the institution was created in the manner that the Diokpa and Obuzor have to share certain kingly responsibilities, it is in this instance that who presides over the Izu Ibusa between the Diokpa and Obuzor remains an issue yet unresolved till today, thus the Obuzor institution is a fine but not thorough idea. Third, some people blame what they term the overbearing character and nature of the present Obuzor on his subjects to be the reason of controversy still trailing the stool. There are still a number of indigenes who maintain that the idea of Obuzor was to assist the Diokpa and not to rein as a new king of the town, they call this institution "Onu Diokpa"
Whatever Obuzor means to different people, the institution by the decision of the Supreme Court of Nigeria 6-9 of 1995 and created by the legal notices of 6-9, Edict No. 1 of 1996 and official document has come to be recognized as the King of Ibusa by both the Delta State Government and Federal Republic of Nigeria. What it now means for the people is sit down and fashion out a peaceful and practicable means by which the community will be moved developmentally.
As noted earlier in this write-up, the Ibusa Community Development Union (ICDU) is the architect of Obuzor following the popular belief in some quarters that the town was facing challenges in traditional leadership.
By 1995, it was agreed that with gerontocracy political system of government then in place in the town, the Diokpa was too senile and infirmed to attend to modern, it was also reported that many "Onu Diokpas" (Diokpa's messengers) availed themselves of opportunities to make decisions on behalf of Diokpa. Some of these "Onu Diokpas" may have also become more influential than the Diokpa whom they were to represent.
The Ibusa community Development Union (ICDU) then took it upon himself to set up a committee to evolve a political leadership for the town in which the following were members:
The Umuekea Family Union,
Today, HRH Obi (Professor) Louis Chelunor Nwaoboshi is the Obuzor of Igbuzo,
as stated here he has come to remain as the paramount ruler of the community by
the irreversible and irrevocable judgment of the Supreme Court of Nigeria which
so recognizes him, and we can do nothing to upturn it but constructively
The traditional administration of the Ibusa community is recognized as thus:
Obuzor in council
Please take note that by the ruling of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, the three Otus were autonomatically transformed to ruling houses, and emergence of Obuzor must rotate according to among these Otus based on seniority i.e. Otu Odogwu, Otu Uwolo and Otu Iyase. The present Obuzor is from Otu Odogwu, and in accordance with the said judgment, the Otu Uwolo will eligibly produce the next Obuzor for the community and it shall be the turn of Otu Iyase.
By Emeka Esogbue
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