After Ten Years Of Battle For Ezeship  Ukeje Crown Traditional Ruler Of Amaeke Alayi

After Ten Years Of Battle For Ezeship  Ukeje Crown Traditional Ruler Of Amaeke Alayi
By Ify Ashi
Umuahia
The governor of Abia state Dr Okezie Ikpeazu says there is no alternative to peace as he urged traditional rulers to ensure that there is coexistence and unity among their subjects.
The governor who was represented by the deputy governor Rt. Hon. Ude Oko Chukwu stated this during the coronation and installation of HRM Eze Philip Ukeje as the igbojiakuru of Alayi kingdom held at Eke Akoli Square amaeke Alayi, Bende LGA
The governor congratulated the new traditional ruler and urged him to rule with the fear of God and to ensure there is unity and peace at all times in his community. He maintained that the monarch was find worthy by government and his people and the reason he was given staff of office.
Speaking earlier the former Executive chairman of Bende local government area of the state Chief Gabriel Elendu said the installation of Eze Ukeje as a traditional ruler is the best gift God have given the people of Amaeke Alayi and a new year gift.
Elendu who is also the chairman organising committee described the monarch as epitome of wisdom and a  wonderful Ambassador of Alayi ancient kingdom who is capable of driving the development and progress of the community to a greater height.
He noted that the battle for the installation of a new king have been on for the past ten years since the death of the last traditional ruler said the event also symbolizes their commitment to attain self sufficiency after many years of absence of a traditional ruler that took them many years before resolving at this point.
He further appreciated the efforts of one of  their daughters a former federal House member Hon. Nnenna Elendu ukeje popularly called Ada Bende for her undiluted contributions towards installation of solar energy, street lights, health center and also appealed to governor Okezie Ikpeazu led administration to extend his olive branch to the community.
Speaking to journalists shortly after the installation Eze Philip Ukeje thanked the government and his people for finding him worthy to be their traditional ruler adding that  after10 years of struggle there was a consensus that I should be their king
He used the occasion to extend hands of fellowship to his opponent while he advised the people to imbibe the spirit of forgiveness  and pleaded with the governor to construct the erosion site and heath centre in his domain to enable farmers bring out their farm produce for business.
Contributing a USA based Ikechukwu Elendu said the throne have been empty for a decade now, he said the community was once united and ruled by one traditional ruler until the than governor Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu came up with the idea of autonomous communities reiterated that it was the beginning of the crisis.
He however thanked God that the crisis have been resolved and commended the community for choosing Eze Ukeje who he described as a God fearing man and with him the community will move forward.
He disclosed that Elendu Ukeje family is a respected family and blessed by God pointing out that corruption and bribery would be a thing of the past in the community.
Contributing HRH Eze Ekwueme the Isinmba 11of Akaeze autonomous community, Ukwueke, said he came to felicitate with Eze Ukeje for joining the league of traditional rulers.
He disclosed that despite the struggle for the kingship, Ukeje was chosen by his people reminding that it is God that makes king, he urged the monarch to rule with the fear of God and to ensure there is peace at all times in his kingdom.
In their various contributions the recipients of chieftaincy titles including the deputy governor of the state Sir Ude Oko chukwu,
Sir Johnson chukwu , deputy chief of staff Agwu Ukpai Ukpai , chief Esonu Ogbonnaya, Chief Douglas Kalu assured of their support saying that the chieftaincy will spur them to do more for the community and thanked the newly coronated king for remembering them in his list of titled chiefs. The commissioner  for local government and chieftaincy affairs also graced the epoch making  event.
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