Determined to curry spiritual favour and victory charms ahead of the Anambra State gubernatorial election, political party candidates with their supporters and friends stormed Amanato village, Nnando, Anambra East local Government Area of the state to condole with native Dr Igwe Onyeachonam Ofomba, (a.k.a. Udenegbaona Nando).
Ofomba lost his 99-year old father, Chief Iwuno Ofomba Nwaedozie, who was also an ICON in traditional medicine practice.
Some of the politicians came along with them masquerades, cow robes, goats, among others which they presented to their host and chief mourner, native Dr. Ofomba as they paid tribute and spread money to a harvest of musical band groups who took turns to entertain guests.
The over 20 musical bands that came from far and within, coupled with the presence of over 50 native doctors, kept the event so lively even as masquerades started during the wake keep to display the stuff they were made of.
Speaking to reporters, host and chief mourner, native Dr. Ofomba said he was not surprised with the role call of the intimidating politicians and native doctors that graced his occasion.
He said, “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 divine 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.
“Now that my father has gone to the world beyond, they came in their large number to felicitate with me as their spiritual adviser.”
Also speaking, native Dr Orakwue Sebastine corraborated the claim by the chief mourner that traditional medicine practice runs in the family.
“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,” he said.
The event witnessed the display of scores of dreaded masquerades that included, Izaga, Ijele, Ajo ofia, Agaba, among others.