By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
CALABAR – KINGMAKERS of Efut nation in Cross River State, have rejected alleged state government moves to impose paramount ruler of Calabar South Local Government Area of the state, even when the reigning paramount ruler, Muri Munene Effiong Mbukpa is still on the throne.
Crisis is looming in the relatively peaceful Calabar South council, which in recent past, was notorious for diverse forms of crisis occasioned by cult clashes following plans by the state government to organise fresh selection of the Muri Munene, which the people said was concluded in 2009.
Addressing newsmen yesterday, the Efut Combined Assembly accused the state government of instigating crisis in Efut nation and traditional institutions in the state, claiming that the current move by the state government was an invitation to chaos.
The Assembly noted that the only way government would conduct fresh selection process was by killing Muri Munene Mbukpa, who, the kingmakers said, performed all the traditional rites to bid farewell to the former monarch, who had long joined his ancestors in compliance with the tradition.
Noting that there was no vacancy on the throne of Muri Munene, the kingmakers said: “This vacancy was filled in accordance with the traditions and customs of the Efut with the selection of Muri Munene Mbukpa VII and was traditionally proclaimed the Muri Munene on November 6, 2009 by Efut Combined Assembly.