Some traditional rulers from Anambra State earlier suspended by the State Government Thursday met with President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari.
The monarchs had been suspended a day earlier from the the visit to Abuja, which the State
Governor Willie Obiano, who had described the royal fathers’ visit to Abuja as unauthorised, had suspended them from the State’s traditional council for one year.
It was thought the monarchs, who were led to Aso Rock Villa by Anambra billionaire, Prince Arthur Eze, would meet with President Buhari.
They were however, received by Gambari, who that the visit would encourage the President to do even more for the region and the country as a whole.
“As it is generally said in most parts of the country, when you thank somebody for what he has done, he is encouraged, and does more. This is an incentive for the President to do more for the country, and also for the South East,” Gambari said.
The monarchs expressed appreciation to Buhari for his commitment to development of the country in general, and the South East in particular.
They listed the landmark projects embarked upon by President Buhari in their region to include “the Second Niger Bridge, that had been presented as an impossible task by previous administrations, but now becoming a reality under your keen watch,” the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, among others.
“The people of the South East are, indeed, grateful, as we have never had it so good, and on their behalf, we say DAALU (thank you),” the royal fathers declared.
Also lauding the President for appointing Igbo sons and daughters into key positions in government, they said as custodians of the heritage of the people, they felt it was incumbent on them to “come and express our appreciation on behalf of the entire people of the area, and to urge Your Excellency to do more for the zone.”
According to a presidency statement issued after the meeting, the monarchs at the meeting included Eze Dr. Nkeli Nzekwe, Igwe Chuba Mbakwe, Igwe Chijioke Nwankwo, Igwe Anthony Onwekwelu, and Igwe Chukwuma Bobo Orji.