The people of Obeagu community in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State have corronated Chief Sylvester Emeka Ojukwu as their traditional ruler following the demise of Igwe Donatus Ikemefuna eight years ago.
At a colourful event that attracted many sons and daughters of the Community,as well as in- laws, friends and well wishes,the people rolled out their drums in celebration of the event at Community Secondary School Obeagu.
The elders in Council, Title holders(Aka ji Ofor) Village heads, religious Leaders,the Women and Youths as well as representatives of various associations of Obeagu indigenes residence outside Enugu, were all seated before the occasion commenced.
Despite being the only candidate for the election,Igwe Sylvester Ojukwu polled 720 votes in an option A4 system in line with the guidelines of the Enugu State Ministry of Chieftaincy Matters, to emerge winner.
Speaking after the coronation,the President General of Obeagu community,Chief Calistus Ojiogbu described the event as a new Dawn for the people noting that many development projects have eroded the community due to absence of a traditional ruler.
Chief Ojiogbu called on the people of the area to give maximum support to the new traditional ruler to succeed while urging the royal father to carry the entire Community along in the discharge of his duties.
“Today is a remarkable day in Obeagu. This Community is going to become a new paradise because we are moving from the old order to a new order were everybody is thinking about progress and unity of our town. So, expectations is that people are going to witness great changes. You have seen how people are very enthusiastic about it,they gave maximum support and that is how they will be giving the Igwe support. We are going to support him with everything we have to make sure he succeed, he said”.
Also speaking, the woman leader of the community,Mrs Janet Anike and the Youth Leader,Mr Ogbonna Francis as well as Engr. Chinedu Ani described the emergence of Igwe Sylvester Ojukwu as the reflection of the peoples choice and advised him to champion the development course of the community.
They appealed to members of the Community to accord the new traditional ruler the necessary support to you move the area to an enviable height.
Addressing the people,the traditional ruler of Obeagu community,Igwe Sylvester Emeka Ojukwu thanked the people for the opportunity to serve and promised to rule with the fear of God.
” I am delighted today for the opportunity given to me by my people. I am here to serve and not to be served. Obeagu is one United Community and I will strive to sustain that Unity. Those that may have one reason or the other to be angry,this is the time to come together and work for the progress of the town”
Highlights of the event were the appointment of Chief Calistus Ojiogbu as the President General of Obeagu community and presentation of certificate to the new traditional ruler by the community.
Chief Calistus Ojiogbu replaces, Ogbuefi Amselem Aniokete who was accused of negligence in the discharge of his duties.
Six out of seven of villages that make up Obeagu community participated in the event.