20 Dec Nigeria: On Jan 4, Imo community takes a progressive step: Abolishing caste systems and other outdated practices
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
The Amurie Omanze community, located in the Isu Local Government Area of Imo State, is taking a significant step towards social reform by announcing the abolition of various obnoxious cultural practices, including the Osu, Ohu, Ume, and Diala caste systems. Scheduled for January 4, 2024, this decision was reached through a comprehensive consensus involving influential community leaders such as village heads, kindred chairmen, town union representatives, religious clergy, and foreign union representatives, all of whom formally endorsed the abrogation document.
HRH Eze Charles Nnajiemere, also known as Eze Udo II of Amurie Omanze, expressed that this collective decision follows a thorough three-year campaign involving extensive individual and village-to-village consultations. Acknowledging the persistent advocacy by various organizations and community stakeholders, Eze Nnajiemere emphasized that the formal abrogation event signifies a crucial milestone in the community’s journey toward a more inclusive and fair society.
Highlighting the challenges faced during the past three years, Eze Nnajiemere lamented the unnecessary conflicts and skirmishes arising from debates about whether to abolish these discriminatory cultural practices. Describing them as remnants of stone-age traditions that contradict the 21st-century global social order, he revealed that an Abolition Committee, established three years ago, played a pivotal role in driving this transformative change.
As the community prepares for this historic shift, it reflects a commitment to fostering unity, equality, and progress. The announcement signifies a positive stride toward a more harmonious and just society, leaving behind outdated practices in favor of a future that embraces inclusivity and social justice.