A very significant yet undiscussed aspect in the process of the Cherished stool of Attah Igala, is the traditional Ita.
The Ita (history, idiom, proverbs, and cultural rendition) is that session where Igala orature, Language, humor, Science, and kingship history is at its best.
For those who have had the privilege of following the proceedings of the last two Ita, the mastery, fluidity, wit, and knowledge of the Etemahi HRH Jacob Etuh, is remarkable (Takida). Even his detractors will acknowledge that he is indeed, a repertoire of Igala culture and tradition.
It is believed that the ancestors are active participants at the Ita session, though unseen, they witness the testimonies of the contestants and the Kingmakers. It is therefore a sacred platform where men must display truthful, sincere, and honest accounts during the testimonies and witness sessions.
Very much like a traditional court hearing, the Ita, session is traditionally the phase of revelations, where usurpers,deceptionists, and claimants must establish the veracity of their claims and counterclaims. The last Ita session lived up to its traditional billing, the sessions were blunt, frank, and yet, sometimes deliberately infused with half-truths, innuendoes, and falsified narratives which some find hugely unnerving.
Some of the revelations have left the contestants more bitter and angry than before the contest.
According to one of the very close participants of the process,” it was a no hold bars session, of course, the idea is to discredit the other contestants, and I can tell you that the after -bitterness, will not heal in a hurry. I can assure you that we have more revelations if the Kingmakers don’t do the right thing, you know as they say, if you Tarka me I Dabo you”.
That is why the Etemahi, the Achadu, and the traditional council must be guided by good conscience. For the Kingmakers, it is a divine responsibility, where the stability and continuity of the Igala race depends.
Therefore, the Etemahi, the Achadu, and all Igala, including those politicizing the process, must be reminded that the ancestors and of course the Igala people are watching, and will ensure that tradition and the law setting the rules of the process are not tampered with.
For the avoidance of doubt, the law clearly requires the Ajuameachor clan to screen, interview, and appoint a candidate. The selected candidate must be based on the ever constant dictum in Igala culture and tradition where the eldest enjoys that natural right and can only pass it on to a younger one if he willingly declines. Anything outside these basic regulations is turning truth upside down.
For the Etemahi and the other kingmakers, money, politics, narrow interests must not becloud their judgment.
The Igala expects so much from the most respected Kingmakers of the Igala Kingdom.