King Jaja of Opobo, Oku Ibom commend Gov Otu for Upholding Efik Kingdom’s Heritage

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In a momentous royal assembly hosted at the esteemed Obong of Calabar’s country residence on Thursday, King Jaja of Opobo and the Oku Ibom of Akwa Ibom, represented by the Chairman of the Akwa Ibom Supreme Council of Traditional Rulers, conveyed deep appreciation to the Governor of Cross River, Sen. Bassey Otu, for his unwavering commitment to preserving the honor and heritage of the ancient Efik Kingdom.

The revered King Jaja, recognized as one of the few natural and treaty monarchs in Nigeria, joined forces with the Oku Ibom to express gratitude to the state Governor for championing justice and cultural preservation. The focus of their appreciation was the Governor’s dedication to affirming the rightful position of the Obong of Calabar, His Eminence, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V, KSM; Natural Ruler, Treaty King, and Grand Patriarch of the Efik Kingdom.

Commending the members of the Etuboms’ Council for their unwavering commitment to ancient traditions, the visiting monarchs emphasized the pivotal role played by cultural heritage in the identity of a people. They urged those who may have been aggrieved to join hands in developing the Efik Kingdom, emphasizing the importance of unity.

The Obong of Calabar reciprocated the sentiments, welcoming King Jaja and the Oku Ibom, along with their respective delegations, in a powerful display of brotherhood and unity. The Obong expressed heartfelt appreciation for the support extended by the South-South Monarchs Forum and highlighted King Jaja’s leadership in the delegation to his palace. He pledged to continue being a father to all Efik people, ensuring the well-being of both natives and those choosing to reside in his Kingdom.

Amid discussions resonating with a shared vision of unity and development for the South-South region, the leaders, including King Jaja of Opobo and the Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ibibio Traditional Rulers, affirmed their commitment to collaboration. They emphasized the importance of preserving the rich cultural heritage of the region.

The gathering also witnessed meaningful dialogue regarding the rebranding of the South-South Monarchs Forum. Recognizing the evolving dynamics of the region, the leaders acknowledged the imperative of adapting the forum to better serve the aspirations of the diverse monarchies and people of the South-South.

In a historic moment, this royal assembly became a cornerstone for renewed cooperation and synergy among the South-South monarchs. Their commitment is poised to foster development and prosperity for the entire region, marking a significant chapter in the collective pursuit of unity and progress.