By Etop Ekanem
Members of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria, NCTRN, have showered encomium on HRH Appolus Chu, the Egbere Emere Okori 1 Eleme for promoting unity among ethnic groups in Nigeria.
The monarchs, who were in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital for their 9th General Assembly, spoke when they visited Appolus Chu at his palace.
They expressed delight over the monarch’s efforts to unite the various ethnic groups in Nigeria.
The Attah Igala, HRH Michael Idakwo, Ameh Oboni II, who spoke on behalf of the group, appreciated Appolus Chu and the people of Rivers State for hosting them at a period of ethnic mistrust in the country.
“We have had very exhaustive deliberations at the conference of traditional rulers and we are exhausted both physically and mentally but one of us, the EgbereEmereOkori 1 Eleme, HRH Appolus Chu, decided to give us a special treat”, he said.
“And he has built our image beyond our expectations in the way he has offered us this unprecedented hospitality in his new palace. For those of us who came by air and even those that came by road, from all over the country, our presence here is due to the ingenuity of one of us, the EgbereEmereOkori 1 Eleme”.
In his response, Appolus Chu stressed that the coming together of the monarchs was to promote unity among Nigerians.
Speaking on the theme for the 9th General Assembly tagged, “Community Policing as a Catalyst to Crime Prevention – The Role of Traditional Rulers,” which was addressed by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris Kpotum, the monarch said: “This is very relevant at this time because of the security situation and crises in the nation”.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Mohammad Sa’adAbubakar III and Chairman of NCTRN, who had earlier expressed gratitude to Rivers State for hosting the monarchs, noted that the meeting would not have been held at a better time than now as they all were aware of the challenge of insecurity facing the nation.