Call Igbos To Order, They Cannot Have Kings In Yorubaland – Afenifere Tells Governors, Obas

The Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) has called on governors and monarchs in the South-West not to recognise Igbo kings in their respective states and domains.


A statement by its Publicity Secretary, Kunle Famoriyo, said the concept of Igbo kings otherwise known as Eze Ndigbo in Yorubaland was not backed by any customary law.

The ARG was reacting to an altercation between the Deji of Akure, Oba Kole Aladetoyinbo, and the Eze Ndigbo of Akure, Gregory Iloehike, in Ondo State, last week which led to protests and the closure of markets.
ARG noted that “The evolution of this structure has forced us to consider it as an expansionist agenda as the structure is only rampant in Yorubaland

“In Akure, the ‘Eze’ believes he now has the power to confer people with chieftaincy titles that are traditional to Yoruba kingship systems. In Lagos State, there is an Eze Ndigbo of Lagos, as well as for each of the 57 councils. There are reports that we now even have Eze Ndigbo of some neighbourhoods in Lagos.

“What used to be were development unions and associations of Igbo people living in Yorubaland. Almost all Igbo communities with sizeable number of indigenes living in Yorubaland have a development union or association. These associations are welcome and supported, being organisations set up to discuss the welfare of their members.”

The ARG said the proliferation of the Eze Ndigbo could cause a huge problem in the near future, warning Igbo groups to stop testing the patience of the Yoruba.
Insisting that that a kingdom can never have two kings, ARG lamented “the manner this idea of ‘Eze Ndigbo’ sprouted and started spreading connotes territorial influence and even ownership.

“This practice has continued to stretch the tolerant nature of the Yoruba people to the limit and it appears the eventual aim of its perpetrators is to stretch this beautiful culture of Yoruba to the breaking point.

“This is something that Yoruba people living away from Yorubaland do not even think of, and we, therefore, see no reason why migrants living in Yorubaland should not know their boundaries.

“Consequently, the ARG calls on all Yoruba traditional rulers and the executive heads of government at state and local levels governors not to recognise all customary titles that are not backed by our customs, particularly those that they did not confer; and we enjoin those parading themselves as holders of such titles to drop them in the spirit of peaceful coexistence.”

Source: Dailypost


  1. It is unfortunate that the yorubas who also are part of the geographical southern Nigeria find the Igbo a convenient foe even when the Igbo themselves have contributed immensely to the development of the west, is it that the Igbo don’t have freedom of association or why should it be criminal for them to practise their culture , the term Eze ndigbo means king or chief of the Igbo what is wrong with that , the hausas have sark in Hausawa why are they not engaged by the yorubas

  2. @agabi, God bless u. Ask them why they have not challenged Sarikin Hausa. This is just pure jealousy. U cannot demote who God has promoted, so stop this petty jealousy cos the Igbos will keep on going higher and higher. God made it so. No amount of beefing will make any difference.


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