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At last, Ihiala gets new monarch

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Obiano tasks monarchs on inclusive leadership

AFTER a long-drawn process dogged by contests, Ihiala kingdom, one of the oldest monarchies in Igbo land has got her king. Yesterday, HRH Thomas Obidiegwu, was crowned the monarch of Ihiala.

Gov Willie Obiano while endorsing the new monarch, reiterated the need for inclusive leadership in all the 177 communities in Anambra State. He called on traditional rulers to ensure that everybody is carried along in their day-to-day activities.

The governor made the call while presenting the certificate of recognition to  Igwe Thomas Obidiegwu as the Oluoha XVIII of Ihiala in Ihiala Local Government Area at an event in Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, yesterday.

According to Gov. Obiano, apart from sustaining peace and stability in communities, inclusive leadership also ensures even development and popular participation, challenging Igwe Obidiegwu to emulate other traditional rulers who use their office to reach out to every member of their communities.

The governor further urged him to pay special attention to youth mobilisation and inclusion in  scheme of affairs in his community as a means of enthroning lasting peace and progress in Ihiala.

Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Greg Obi, Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C.Don Adinuba, Special Adviser to  Gov. Obiano on Town Union Affairs, Vera Okonkwo, Members Representing Ihiala I and II State Constituency of Anambra House of Assembly, Chidi Udemmadu, and Paschal Agbodike, President of ASATU, Alex Onukwue, Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Obiano on Political Matters, Prince Collins Agbasiere, among others were illustrious indigenes of Ihiala and their well-wishers who graced the ceremony amid pomp and pageantry.

Chief Obi said that Ihiala chieftaincy dates back to 700 years ago, which remains one of the oldest institutions in Igbo land.

Speaking at the ceremony, Obi recalled that Governor Obiano’s administration has given certificates of recognition to over 50 traditional rulers to justify the governor’s appreciation of  the vital role of monarchs in partnering the state government in rural and community development.

Responding in an address, Igwe Obidiegwu thanked Gov. Obiano for the confidence he exposed on him, pledging to use the position to better his community without discrimination or selection, even as Udemmadu and Agbodike assured their readiness to stand behind Igwe Obidiegwu.

Other dignitaries at the event included;  Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe of Onitsha, Igwe Sunday Okafor of Okpuno, Igwe Peter Anukwu of Mbaukwu;  Igwe Rowland Odegbo of Nteje,  Igwe Peter Uyanwa of Ukwulu;  Igwe Emmanuel Nnabuife of Iseke, and Igwe Chukwuemeka Ilouno of Ifitedunu.

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