The Abiriba community in Bende Local Government Area gathered at the Abia State National Royal Fathers for the 21st traditional coronation celebration of HRM Eze Kalu Kalu Ogbu IV, the paramount monarch and Enachioken of Abiriba.
Eze Ogbu IV who is the 17th Enachioken of Abiriba used the occasion to award traditional recognition to many eminent and resourceful men of impact from within and beyond the Abiriba Kingdom.
Rt. Hon. Ude Oko Chukwu, Abia State Deputy Governor, Sen. Enyi Abaribe of Abia South District, Hon. Uko Nkole of Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency, Sen. Istifanus D. Gyang of Plateau North District, and John Okiyi Kalu, Abia State Commissioner for Trade and Investment, are among those honored.
Those in attendance include HRM, Eze Ndubuisi Nwabeke, chairman of Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers, Mazi Augustine Kanu Okoro, the Regent King of Arochukwu Kingdom, HRM Dr. Umar Muhammed Atiku, the Lamido of Akko, HRM, Alh (Dr.) Abubakar Buba, Atare 2 of Mai Tula, HRH Alh Umar Musa, the Uchu Ninzo 15th, and HRM Dr. Muhammad Sambo Haruna, the Emir of Wuse, among others.
In his remarked as he addressed the crowd, HRM Eze Kalu Kalu Ogbu IV, the Enachioken of Abiriba said, “My message to everyone here is that everyone has potentials. Just find your own and drive to fulfill. There is nothing on earth that can limit the spirit to achieve. The only limiting factor is money”.
The royal father, who is pursuing a Masters Degree in Law added that “God will provide in a special way that may even confound your friends and enemies. This is static and readily available to everyone. The only limitation one has is oneself. Conquer yourself and you can reach the skies”.
The Chairman of the Anniversary Committee, Rtn. George Ezikpe Okiyi, remarked earlier in his speech that the awards represent a “acknowledgement and appreciation of noble efforts that are worthy of emulation”.
In response to inquiries from reporters, John Okiyi Kalu, the Abia State Commissioner for Trade and Investment, expressed his delight that the title of ‘Nwandugbom’, last held by his grandfather, had been restored to his lineage through him, and thanked the Enachioken for the honor.