Prince Kanu Okoro Kanu Oji, Grand Prince of the Arochukwu kingdom and Palace has described insinuations that Eze Aro’s father must be dead before he ascends the throne as laughable.
Oji while addressing newsmen at the Palace of Eze Aro, in Arochukwu Abia State, said that such insinuations arise as a result of ignorance on the part of peddlers of such arguments.
According to him, it is a very normal practice that even happened when the founder of Arochukwu allowed his son to be the Eze in ancient times.
Kanu Oji was reacting to insinuations that His Royal Majesty, Eze Eberechukwu Oji, the Eze Aro of Arochukwu is not qualified to be king, as his father is still alive.
He said “What makes him disqualified? Is this the first time it has happened, or are they saying that it has never happened before? Coming from this kingdom, our ancestral patriarch, Nnachi did not rule Arochukwu. But he was alive when his son, Oke Nnachi was ruling. He was the founder of Arochukwu. So it’s not the first time. Then in recent history, if you go to Amukwa, when it was the turn of a man, he gave it to his son. He was alive and his son was ruling.
“That was the person that ruled before the present Eze Ogo of Amukwa.
“Once the father approves of his son to go in his place, then he can go. This thing we are talking of, exclusively is the right of Mazi Oji Kanu as Okwara Ezi and Ochie Ochie Ime Ezi.
“Again, going to the bible, for those of us who are Christians, David was a king. He had elder siblings and a father Jesse. The Ooni of Ife, his father is alive. The Olu of Warri, the father is alive. So, what are we talking about? Even Eze Ibom Isii is trying to make a case here, his father is alive, because his elder brother acts as his father, and he is alive. His name is Isaac, and he acts as his father”, Prince Oji revealed.
Recall that HRM Eberechukwu Oji emerged Eze Aro recently through the traditional laid down process of the Arochukwu royal family of Okennachi, responsible for presenting a new Eze to Arochukwu.