or ruling Age Grade comprises men of an age group appointed by the Obi
of Onitsha to be the watchdog of the people's right and liberties.
Akunne Ofili Udo
President Ogbo Na Chi Ani
The appointment has no guidelines, but is made out of the Obi's volition,
consequent upon the character and the experience of the members of the
such an organization.
age-group should not be less than sixty years to enable them utilize
their ripe experience in life, in the execution of their duties.
The assignment varies.
They act as policemen in watching the public behavior of social organizations
such as masquerade groups, dancing societies, youth clubs, village committees
and market women. They see to it that higher ethical standards is maintained
throughout the town, and any public misdemeanor by a group of people
is queried and if necessary, brought to book or reported to higher authority.
The Orokwute or council of elders is the counterpart of the Ruling Age
Grade on the village level.
the function of the Ogbonachiani is to provide measures of checks and
balances in order to ensure the rule of law, and democratic principles.
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