In a post shared online, Just as a way to curb the Spread of CORONA VIRUS, the President general of the Ancient NRI kingdom in Anambra state address the community on the way to tackle the Covid-19 Virus, details below.
“OUR APPROACH TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN ANCIENT NRI KINGDOM
The Governor of Anambra State has issued clear directives on the State’s response to the trending Covid-19 pandemic. It is now our duty to amplify the directives and domesticate their provisions in the context of our Town NRI.
At the level of our traditional institutions, all meetings of Orunzenino,Nze N’Ozo, Amulununo, Umuokpu, Otu Omenana,etc are suspended until further notice. Meetings of Umunna may hold only when absolutely necessary such as to organize the interrment of deceased persons. Such meetings should be brief, limited to not more than 25-30 persons and should be devoid of the loudness and rancor which is a feature of most of our Umunna meetings. Administratively the ban on meetings affects our Easter General meeting and other fora which entail a congregation of people. The President-General will provide guidelines on how administrative decisions and information will be disseminated during this period.
The ban on funeral ceremonies is clear. That means that all previously planned funerals can no longer hold – under WHATSOEVER guise. By funerals here we understand the traditional gathering of groups, in-laws, Umuokpu etc with fanfare. We must however bury our dead which is the greatest debt we owe our deceased. Burial which here means INTERRMENT ( E nie e kpochie) should be limited to close family members not exceeding 25-30 in number. Where a corpse has to be recovered from the mortuary, this should be done without ANY fan fare, sirens etc and burial should follow same pattern as above. The President General will provide additional guidelines where required. The suspension of funerals therefore renders the process of ‘Ika Ozu’ irrelevant and unnecessary at this period.
All activities (homage, home visits, interviews etc) leading to and including the actual taking of traditional titles are suspended until further notice.All other ceremonies that entail a gathering of above 25 persons are suspended. The church will fashion ways to align with government guidelines on congregation of persons
These are perilous times. Ife ka nte bakwutelu nte n’onu. In the difficult times ahead which will be occasioned by this pandemic, we implore our people to evoke our traditional spirit of being our brother’s keepers. Onye tabelu ya nye Nwanne ya. The vulnerable in our midst – the aged, orphans, widows, the un- and under-employed will be seriously challenged by this pandemic. We should be prepared to respond to calls for assistance to support the vulnerable as the need arises.
Apart the issue of social distancing which is being addressed,I implore everyone to imbibe the culture of good personal hygiene.
(hand washing/use of hand sanitizers is very important and should form part of our culture and everyday life now.
Some good spirited Nri people are already providing that at strategic places.
We will try to support and encourage others to join in providing for our people.
May the Almighty who loves NRI preserve our people both at home and in the Diaspora from this pestilence. Amen“
OBA KELVIN OBIEGBUNAM
Ancient Nri Kingdom.