Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has bestowed staffs of office upon 31 Ezes-elect from different communities in the state.
The presentation took place at the Michael Okpara auditorium, where the newly recognized monarchs were charged with preserving peace and safeguarding their cultural heritage.
The Governor’s Deputy, Ude Oko Chukwu, represented Ikpeazu and reiterated that the Ezes-elect underwent the required processes before their appointment. During the ceremony, Ikpeazu urged the traditional rulers to handle communal issues amicably to maintain order and peaceful coexistence in their respective domains.
Additionally, he encouraged them to collaborate and seek advice where necessary to ensure effective rulership. The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Christopher Enweremadu, praised Ikpeazu’s governance and urged the new Ezes to prioritize maintaining peace and order in their communities.
In response, Eze Princewill Onyegbu, the traditional ruler of the Ugwu Nkpa autonomous community in Bende LGA, expressed gratitude to the governor for recognizing them and promising progress and stability in their domains.
However, the event encountered a minor setback as members of the Nigeria Labour Congress enforced a strike action, resulting in the main gate of the Michael Okpara Auditorium being sealed. The traditional rulers and their supporters had to access the venue through a rear gate.