Drums rolled out at the weekend in Irrua kingdom, in Esan Central Local Government Area of Edo state, as renowned security expert, Dr. Ona Ekhomu was installed as the High Chief Ogbeni of Irrua Kingdom, by the Ogirrua and Okaijesan of Esanland, HRH (Zaiki) Alhaji W. Okoeguale Momodu II JP.
Speaking during the installation ceremony, Zaiki Momodu hailed Ekhomu for his contribution to Esan land in particular and Nigeria at large. He stated that Ekhomu had consistently and relentlessly been promoting security awareness and consciousness among Nigerian citizens.
He explained that Ekhomu had held the traditional chieftaincy title of Ogbeni of Irrua for over 20 years but that he decided to upgrade Ekhomu to High Chief in order to reward his contributions in the security sector; both nationally and internationally.
According to Zaiki Momodu : “Chief Ekhomu is a well known face on television and on the pages of newspapers ,where he advises Nigerians on how to avert security risks and various security challenges of our times”.
During the installation, Ekhomu was decorated with a red cap and handed a traditional sword – Ada. With the investiture, Ekhomu becomes a member of a small group of red cap chiefs who serve as the closest advisers to the King of Irrua.
Speaking after his installation, Ekhomu pledged to redouble his efforts at promoting the culture of security and safety awareness consciousness, as well as action among Nigerians.
He also pledged to use his international stature to attract foreign investments into Nigerian in order to create employment for the teeming unemployed youths.
Ekhomu however, decried the killings in Southern Kaduna and called on the Federal Government to meet its part of the social contract – by keeping citizens safe. He also called on the need for governments , both at the federal, state and local levels to employ advanced risk mapping tools, in order to obtain what he described as fore-knowledge of risks.
He stated that “the security situation in Southern Kaduna state and the constant shedding of blood denote weak governance at all levels. This calls for a redesign of the security architecture of rural communities”.
Another feather was added to his cap as he was decorated alongside his wife, Victoria, Patrons of the Nigerian Legion by the Commandant, Nigerian Legion, Edo Central Senatorial Zone, Col. Oziengbe Iyoriobhe (rtd).