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Otu of Igarra Roles out the Drums

THE rocky town of Igarra, Edo State, wore a festive mood when High Chief Joseph Mayaki Akpeji (JP) entertained guests from far and near to mark his installation as the Otu of Igarra and head of Anona Clan. He also celebrated his 81st birthday with various traditional troupes performing.

The outing reminds one of late Nigerian and world acclaimed writer and poet, Chinua Achebe who said… “Until the lions have their own historians, history will always glorify the hunter”.

And the Otu’s outing was glorified with the attendance of eminent and distinguished personalities that included Hon. Peter Patason, representing Akoko – Edo Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, Prince Clem Agba, Edo State Commissioner for Environment and Public Utilities, Hon. MacDonald Obasuki, State Commissioner for Commerce and Industries and Chief Oseni Elamah, the Executive Chairman of Edo State Board of Internal Revenue who took time off tax matters to also grace the occasion.

Also present were prominent Igarra high chiefs including Chief Ojo, Oshindase of Igarra, Comrade Taiwo Akerele, Project Coordinator of SEEFOR of the World Bank and representatives of Professor Julius Ihonvbere, Secretary to Edo State Government and the Chief Oladele Balogun, Federal Commissioner, Public Complaints Commission.

The Otu of Igarra in his welcome address, observed the day as “a great one for me and the Anona people, who 40 years ago, brought the stool of Otuship in line with modern realities”. He called on his people to “look forward with one mind to the future and be prepared for dialogue rather than confrontation as weapons of correcting our differences” and appealed to the right quarters both the government and Igarra people that “the present chieftaincy situation is a disservice to the entire Igarra people wherein about 60 percent of the indigenes are outside government patronage and this should be addressed positively through genuine dialogue towards a better and befitting future for us and our children and the local government as a whole”.

Hon. Patason, who chaired the occasion, paid glowing tributes to the celebrant whom he described as a forefront educationist, grassroots motivator and politician and a case study worthy to be emulated by the present crop of leaders.

Article Author: Usman Abudah

Source: The Guardian

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