THe Agbalaniregwu (Commoners)
The strength of
Onitsha democracy are the common citizens, otherwise called Agbalaniregwu.
Although they are not titled men and women, yet they are the bulwark
of body-politics. They are the fuel which supplies power to the administrative
machinery of the community.
What regards their
interest is regarded as paramount in the intricate manipulation of human
relations in order to maintain peace, and good government. Social reforms
are effected primarily to ensure social justice for the greatest good
of the greatest number of people.
the general welfare of the people are handled with great importance.
In other words, any complaints brought up by them through any of their
media of expression are quickly looked into and what is likely to develop
into a social or political upheaval is nipped in the bud.
Certain matter of
importance, such as the selection of a new Obi of Onitsha requires the
unanimous public sanction of the common people before an Obi-elect begins
his coronation ceremonies.
It falls within
the prerogative of the people to take a vote of no confidence in the
public against a recalcitrant Ndiche, and therefore boycott his public
Stretched to it's
logical conclusion, the Agbalaniregwu may declare "war" against
the faction of such Ndiche in order to decide an important national
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