The Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe has said that it is high time the Osu caste system is abolished in Igboland.
The monarch who described the practice as antiquated, unlawful and obnoxious, called for a war against it.
He made this known at a workshop on Thursday in Awka, Anambra State, organised by the Initiative for the Eradication of Traditional and Cultural Stigmatisation in Our Society
He said, “There is the need for people from all parts of Igbo land to come together and agree that this obnoxious cultural practice, which our fore fathers introduced, no longer have effect on us and our children. We are happy with the coming of IFETACSIOS group on this project and we are going to collaborate with them to ensure we end this bad culture that has held our people backward for many years now”
Oge Maduagwu, the President of IFETACSIOS, called for the help of the traditional rulers in the area in the abolition of the Osu caste system.
She said the Osu caste system had wreaked havoc on the socio-cultural, economic and political lives of the Igbo. She said, “In Igbo land, it is very sad to note that a young man and young lady might be courting, but the moment either of the two discovers that the other is an osu, he or she will opt out of the relationship.”
According to her, the group has extended its effort in abolishing the practice to Imo and Enugu states. She also revealed plans to visit Ebonyi and Abia before the end of 2018, saying, “The big dream of IFETACSIOS is the coming together of all the eastern states of Imo, Ebonyi, Anambra, Enugu and Abia to sign an accord on the abolition of Osu caste system one day.”