The Nye Udu Upata, Nye Udu Felix Enene Otuwarikpo on Friday, said unity amongst traditional rulers in Rivers State was a panacea to finding lasting solutions to myraids of problems and ensure the glory of the traditional institution is restored.
Nye Udu Otuwarikpo made the call at the valedictory session in honour of late His Royal Majesty, Eze Sylvanus Egwuatu “Ehi 1 of Okehi, Onye Ishi Agwuru Okehi Clan, held at the auditorium of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers in Port Harcourt.
According to him, as the custodian of the traditions and the representatives of the people, “it is time to put an end to eye service and speak in unison in the interest and overall development of our state. This is one way to immortalize our departed colleague.”
He said the death of the Okehi monarch should serve as “a wake up call. We must act in a way that will allow the glory of the traditional institution back. We cannot continue to allow our missteps to haunt the institution.”
The Nye Udu Upata solicited for the cooperation of his brother Kings and advised that any misgivings or disaffection arising amongst them “must be put aside in the interest of the traditional institution and the people we lead. We must be challenged by the death of our colleague.”
Nye Udu Otuwarikpo however extended his sincere condolences to the late Ehi 1 of Okehi’s family, associates, friends and subjects, as well as the Etche Local Government people on the death of the First Class Monarch.
The Upata monarch who, is the chairman of Ahoada East Council of Traditional Rulers and as well as the Regent of Ekpeye Land, urged the people of Okehi to make the selection of a new traditional ruler rancour free.
Traditional rulers across the state attended the valedictory session including those from Ekpeye Land.
Compiled by Egbe Buduzhi
For EKPEYE TV © 2020