The traditional ruler of Amuri Ancient Kingdom in Nkanu West council area of Enugu State, His Majesty Igwe Charles Nwoye, weekend conferred various chieftaincy titles on the state governor, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Minster of Science and technology Ogbonnaya Onu and ex- Deputy Senate President , Ike Ekweremadu in recognition of their contributions to their father land.
Other recipients of the honour included, former governor of old Enugu State, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, a chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC in the state and retired Army General, Joseph Okoloagu, among others.
Speaking while conferring the titles on them during his 10th year anniversary which took place in the community, the Monarch, said the recipients were chosen based on their track records and contributions to the society.
Igwe Nwoye who bestowed the title of (Akana Edozie Obodo 1 of Amuri) meaning , “hand that builds Community” on Governor Ugwuanyi, stressed the need for Nigerians to always eschew violence and engage in meaningful acts capable of promoting peace and unity in the country.
Speaking at the colourful event, Governor Ugwuanyi expressed appreciation to the traditional ruler and people of the community for the honour done him, assuring the Monarch that his administration would continue to make promotion of peace and unity in the state its watch word.
In his remarks, the Crown Prince of Amuri Ancient Kingdom, Dr. Ben Nwoye said “i thank God for keeping the Igwe alive, and for the peace he has given to Amuri. 10 years even in the Bible is highly significant. In the traditional form, when a King is alive up to 10 years in the throne, it shows that the gods agree with the leadership.”
Dr. Nwoye who is also the Enugu State chairman of APC added” Once you clock 10 years in the throne, it is an automatic accomplishment in our traditional setting, and so that is the significance of the celebration. Many Kings don’t go through 10 years and again, for the gods of the land to protect and guide him and the Almighty God to give him wisdom is a milestone.
“ Am grateful to God for using his Excellency Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to help to start some infrastructural projects. When there was kidnapping, the entire security infrastructure or rather Architecture, they all came to Amuri, the governor sent them, both the chief of police and the commissioner of police, the GOC, the SSS Director in the state, they all came here to protect us and that is why we crowned him Onye Na Edozi Obodo of Amuri.