Prominent traditional leaders from the old eastern region of Nigeria recently gathered in Calabar, urging unity among leaders of the Efik nation in Cross River State. Led by Chairman of the “South-South” Monarchs Forum, His Majesty (Dr) Dandeson Douglas Jaja Jeki King Jaja of Opobo, the delegation visited the Obong of Calabar, His Eminence Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi-Otu V.
Expressing solidarity and appreciation, the Monarchs commended Governor Senator Bassey Otu for upholding the truth and tradition of the Efik people. Emphasizing the need for unity, Jaja urged those who may have faced setbacks to embrace peace and collaborate for the prosperity of the Efik kingdom.
Chairman of the Supreme Council of Akwa Ibom Traditional Rulers, Edidem Bassey Etim Edet, praised the Etuboms’ Traditional Council for adhering to Efik tradition in selecting the Obong of Calabar. He emphasized that the process, aligned with a Supreme Court judgment, prevented a different outcome.
The re-election and proclamation of Edidem Abasi-Otu V as the Obong of Calabar had faced opposition from some Efik leaders supporting former Finance Minister Etubom Tony Ani. However, Governor Bassey Otu affirmed Edidem Abasi-Otu V’s position, resolving the succession dispute.
In response, the Obong of Calabar appreciated the South-South Monarchs for their solidarity, acknowledging their commitment to fostering unity among the Efik people. He pledged continued efforts to bring the community together for the benefit of the Efik kingdom.
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