The traditional ruler of Nri Kingdom, in Anambra State, Eze Obidiegwu Onyesoh has urged Nigerians to stop blaming President Muhammad Buhari for the woes the country is passing through.
He said all Nigerians, especially the past leadership in the country contributed to the country’s problem. “We all spoilt this country by our actions and inactions. Corruption was institutionalized in the country. Everybody acted with impunity. There was no discipline anywhere. So, we should stop blaming Buhari.
“We should blame ourselves and do some self-examination. Buhari is not our headache. The troubles were there before he came in. The country was looted massively. It’s easier to destroy than to build. We should allow Buhari to reconstruct this country. He met it in shambles”, the monarch noted.
He stated this while briefing journalists at his palace to mark the traditional ‘Onwa Asato’ celebration of this year’s new yam festival of his kingdom.
He said there were myths surrounding new yam festivals.
According to the monarch, “Igbo mythology has it that when Nri became hungry and needed something to eat, he found yam sprouting from his son’s grave and when he uprooted it, cooked it and ate it, it tasted good.
“This is why yam is venerated among the Igbo and anyone who deliberately damage yam crops, is treated as a murderer.
New yam festivals, he explained, followed an injunction by God to the people of Israel to offer their first crop on the seventh month of the lunar calendar.
On whether the Igbo could fashion out one day for new yam festival, Onyesoh said it would not be possible because of the republican nature of the Igbo.