The Obong of Calabar, His Eminence, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V, Natural Ruler, Treaty King and Grand Patriarch of the Efik Eburutu Kingdom has finally broken his silence after the recent Supreme Court judgement that affirmed him the rightful ruler of the throne.
The Obong cleared the airways about what transpired and how it was resolved when the Igbo Community led by the Onowu, Chief Livinus Ihezie, Traditional Prime Minister of the Igbo Community in Cross River visited his palace on the 7th of March 2023.
He said the Efik throne can never be rubbished, adding that Obong of Calabar institution is not made by any man.
His words: “This is the first group of people that have come here to actually consolidate with me. We give thanks to God Almighty for whatever happens because, it is the only way to say it but for me, nothing happened.
“The Efik throne can never be rubbished. I will continue to be here until death do us part. The Obong of Calabar is an institution, we know it – it is not made by any man. It has been there for centuries and will ever remain there forever and ever as long as they are human beings on earth.
“It will remain as our ancestors left it. We will continue to hold it, protect it the way it should be”, he said while thanking those who fought for him in hard times.
Abasi Otu V also called for a peaceful co-existence between the Efiks and the Igbos and extension, Cross Riverians.
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“We are all people of the Southern region – the South East as we call it today and the South-South and whatever we call it – we are all sub of the then Eastern Nigeria and we will continue to be that way”.
“In a family, there are always minor problems but there is no way it can destroy the family – we will still keep onto it and hold onto it. We are brothers and sisters, whether we like it or not. So, please, let us continue to have a peaceful co-existence and let us live together to bring up the lives of our people”, he said.
Meanwhile, the Igbo community joined the Obong to celebrate his victory as well as pledge their allegiance to the Efik people and Cross Riverians at large.
“We came here to make the Efik Kingdom know that the Igbos who started their lives here in the colonial days as businessmen – who have always cooperated with the Efik Kingdom are still with them and will ever continue to be with them as long as there is life”, Barr. Kingsley Kalu, President General of the Igbo Community in Calabar and its environs said
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