By Emeka Mamah
ABUJA—The Federal Government has directed state governments in the country to forward the profiles of all traditional rulers in their states to Abuja for proper identification and documentation.
Enugu State Commissioner for Chieftaincy Matters, Pastor Emeka Abugu, made this known, yesterday, while addressing traditional rulers during a meeting at the state House of Assembly complex in Enugu.
Abugu also announced the appointment of the Traditional Ruler of Essodo in Igboeze North Local Government of the state, His Royal Majesty, Igwe Simeon Itodo as the acting chairman of the traditional rulers council in the state pending the return of the state governor, Sullivan Chime who would ratify his substantive status.
Igwe Itodo’s appointment was necessitated by the death of the former acting Chairman Igwe Joseph Chibuko.
He, however, said that he would soon embark on familiarization tour of all local governments in the state to enable his ministry conduct a personnel audit of the monarchs and urged them to live above board as true ambassadors of various communities and the custodians of their people’s culture as government would not take it kindly with any traditional ruler found wanting in the discharge of his duties.
Abugu said: ‘’The death of Igwe Chibuko made it incumbent on the state to dissolve the council and appoint someone on acting capacity. By the fact that Igwe Itodo was the first vice chairman it was proper for him to be appointed on acting capacity.’’
In his acceptance speech, Igwe Itodo, who was a former member of House of Representatives, promised to promote unity, even as he expressed sadness over the death of his predecessor.
Itodo then called for co-operation of his colleagues who he charged to ensure peace in their various communities to ensure security of lives and property, just as he prayed for the quick recovery of Governor Chime and his return to the state.