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Are Too Many People Being Called "Chief" In Southeastern Nigeria - 2003-02-19

Traditional rulers in southeastern Nigeria say too many people are being given the title of “chief.” A spokesman for the rulers says some of his colleagues confer chieftaincy titles to people who do not deserve it.

Traditionally, eminent people who have contributed to the development of the community are rewarded with chieftaincy titles. But the situation has changed, and now some people buy the titles from certain traditional rulers. Igwe Obidiegwu Onyeso is the traditional ruler of Nri, the ancestral home of Ibos in Southeastern Nigeria.

He says some of his colleagues have sold their conscience by offering chieftaincy titles to those who have not earned it. English to Africa reporter Tony Tamuno has the story from Port Harcourt.

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