Native doctor, Igwe Onyeachonam Ofomba has explained reasons behind the setting ablaze of his sibling, Chijioke Ofomba by assailants over land issue a week to the burial of his 99-year old father, late Chief Iwuno Ofomba Nwaedozie.
Ofomba, also known as Udenegbaona said the plot was targeted at killing the sibling so the family would have two bodies to bury same time thereby disrupting giving befiting burial ceremony to his late father.
The native doctor spoke during the burial ceremony of his late father at Amanato village, Nando, Anambra East Local Government Area, Anambra state.
He said, “My brother, chijioke, was burnt alive by his attackers while in the farm but thank God that he is alive today after the attack, he is responding to medical treatment and today you can see the attendance of the large crowd of people who have come to pay condolence to the bereaved family.
“Politicians as you can see in this burial came with their entourage that include, masquerades, cow, robes, goats, among others which they presented to us while paying tribute and spread money to the harvest of musical bands that take turns to entertain guests.
“Over 20 musical bands that come from far and within, couple with the presence of over 50 native doctors, friends and well-wishers make the event colourful and so lively that even my late father wherever he may be now, will be nodding his head in appreciation that we have given him a befiting burial ceremony.
“As my late father was an ICON in traditional medicine practice, masquerades started in the night vigil to display the stuff they were made of”.
Reacting to the role call of the intimidating politicians and native doctors, the host and chief mourner, native Dr. Ofomba, told newsmen that he was not surprised with their presence.
“It is what it should be, one good turn deserves another, they are all my friends and they are here to console with me over the death of my father, an ICON in traditional medical practice”.
“Traditional medicine practice runs in our family, my great, great grand father, my great grand father, my father who had just died were native doctors and myself inherited it from my father”
“Ours is to heal and cure, it is divide and that is why you see all these people, politicians, traders, importers/exporters, civil servants, among others paying homage”
“You can also see that the Anambra State governorship election is near and the politicians even before the death of my father have been coming for one favour or another, and now that my father has gone to the world beyond, they came in their large number to felicitate with me as their spiritual adviser” he stated.
In his own speech, native Dr Orakwue Sebastine, corroborated the claim by the chief mourner that traditional medicine practice runs in the family.
To buttress his point he recalled that, “I was the master trader to the chief mourner when we were trading before the chief mourner was directed by the gods to leave the trading business and return home and serve the gods which he did as he can not run away from it”
The event witnessed the display of scores of dreaded masquerades that included, Izaga, Ijele, Ajo ofia, Agaba, among others.