The family of Obi Chukwuka Okonjo, the late 91-year-old King of Ogwashi-Uku community in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State, are currently fighting over the unauthorized announcement of his death.
The late King who is the father of former minister of finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, was announced dead last week.
Patrick Okonjo, an uncle to the former minister, accused her of high-jacking the functions of the family by making the announcement.
He also revealed that the family ought to make the announcement and also announce her younger brother as the late king’s successor.
Their statement read in part, “It is sacrilegious of Ogwashi-Uku custom and tradition for a princess to announce the transition of a monarch or proclaim another. It is a purely traditional function.
“Late Okonjo was never an Obi of Ogwashi-Uku under our tradition but a mere regent. Accordingly, his first child cannot be Obi as deceitfully inferred by Ngozi.”
The Royal Family however debunked claims of Obi Ifechukwude Okonjo being installed wrongly as the King of Ogwashi-Uku community.
“We want to make this known: Patrick Okonjo does not speak for the family; he speaks only for himself as he has always done” a statement released by the acting Diokpa; Umu Obi Obahai Royal family, Prince Emmanuel Ohei and others read in part.
The statement also revealed that the new Obi will soon begin his reign after traditional rites are concluded.