The Igbo people of South East Nigeria are finally set to abolish the obnoxious Osu caste system as the major traditional rulers have set December 28, 2018 to put an end to the practice.
The Osus are those, according to Igbo oral tradition, dedicated to deities (Alusi). Conversely while the Ohu are said to be slaves by birth.
This was disclosed in a statement on Tuesday.
It said the historic event marking the abolition of the Osu caste system in Igbo land will take place at the Nri Palace in Anambra State.
The Regent of the ancient Nri Kingdom, Prince Ikenna Onyesohi, according to the statement, warned that it would be “spiritually suicidal” for anyone to continue with the obnoxious Osu practice after it had been abolished.
Come December 28, 2018, more stringent spiritual implications will be pronounced from Ikpo Eze-Nri against such devaluation of mankind, after an extensive spiritual abrogation exercise, he added.
The statement further quoted the Chairman of Eri Dynasty Traditional Rulers Forum, Eze Nkeli Nzekwe Kelly, as saying, “the whole world needs to witness what is about to happen in our land on December 28, 2018 because such a thing has never happened before.
“The last time in history anything close to this happened was 200 years ago. And mark my words, after these abolition and atonement exercises, anybody who continues to uphold these practices will have themselves to blame.
“It’s time to end these once and for all and unite our people for the new era. It’s time for our estranged brothers and sisters who were sold into slavery to return home. We are more than ready to atone for the sins of our forefathers and reunite with our kits and kins in America, Europe, the Islands, and beyond. It’s time.”