The Uromi Traditional Council, yesterday, debunked statements credited to Mr. Peter Enahoro, younger brother to late Nigerian nationalist, Chief Anthony Enahoro, that the Anthony Enahoro’s title, Adolor of Uromi is hereditary, clarifying that it is not hereditary, but honorary. The Uromi Traditional Council was reacting to the eye-brow raised by Peter Enahoro, over the decision of the Onojie of Uromi and the entire Uromi Traditional Council to confer the title “Adolor of Uromi” previously held by Late Chief Anthony Enahoro, on the new holder, Dr (Arc.) Michael Oziegbe Onolememen.
A statement signed by the Secretary, Uromi Traditional Council of Chiefs, Chief F. Ozah said: “The attention of the Uromi Traditional Council has been drawn to publications in some national newspapers notably Page 41 of The Sunday Vanguard of March 27, 2016 with the title: “Tony Enahoro’s Adolor of Uromi Title Hereditary: Bidders Beware. “The write-up signed and purportedly authored by a respected son of Uromi, Mr Peter Enahoro, also formed the basis of another report titled “Edo Chieftaincy Title: Enahoro Spoils for War” on Page 3 of The Sunday Sun edition of the same March 27, 2016 respectively.
“In the aforesaid publications, Mr Peter Enahoro sought to assail the decision of the Onojie of Uromi and the entire Uromi Traditional Council on the conferment of the title “Adolor of Uromi” previously held by our revered son Late Chief Anthony Eromonsele Enahoro, on the new worthy holder Dr (Arc.) Michael Oziegbe Onolememen, which Mr Peter Enahoro characterised as “grubby, money-seeking enterprise” and an attempt at “erasing the memory of Chief Anthony Enahoro”. “Much as we are not inclined to joining issues with Mr Peter Enahoro’s vituperations on his wrongly perceived ‘injustice’ to Chief Anthony Enahoro, we are constrained to counter the brazen misconceptions, innuendoes, spurious and defamatory allegations purportedly made by Mr Peter Enahoro on four broad points: “One, that the title Adolor of Uromi is Hereditary: Nothing can be farther from the truth – the Adolor title is not by primogenitor but honorary! Before Chief Anthony Enahoro, there was no such title as the Adolor of Uromi. If it were hereditary as wrongfully adduced by Mr Peter Enahoro, then Chief Anthony Enahoro would have inherited the title from his own father Mr Okoutako. However, the Adolor title was specially created by the then Onojie of Uromi in recognition of Chief Anthony Enahoro’s giant strides in Nigeria’s political evolution and his spearheading of infrastructure development in Uromi and Esanland. “Two, that the Adolor of Uromi title was Gazetted: Again, Mr Peter Enahoro was not properly briefed. Gazetting of titles is significant only to afford the holders official recognition and enable holders draw stipends from the local government at that time. In any event, gazetting was carried out in the title; not in the personal name of the holder. Chief Anthony Enahoro’s worthy qualification for the title Adolor of Uromi was nevertheless impinged by such discretionary decisions of the Onojie of Uromi. “For the avoidance of doubt, the hereditary titles in Uromi in seniority order are as follows: The Oniha, The Iyasele, The Ezomon, The Ezana, The Edohe (traditional head of Onewaprincipality), The Uwangue, and the Edaiken (the heir apparent). “Three that the Adolor of Uromi was Sold to the Highest Bidder: Even Mr Peter Enahoro should be ashamed of this libelous statement and attempt to denigrate the status, powers and decision of the Uromi Traditional Council in its rightful choice of an honorary chieftaincy title. The Traditional council will take appropriate decision on the abominable sacrilege. “Four, Attemp to Erase the Memory of Chief Anthony Enahoro: There can be no reason for any Uromi blood to attempt to undertake such an ignoble act. Chief Enahoroof blessed memory was much loved by the entire Uromi people and his colossal legacy lives on,” the statement added.