Obong of Calabar warns National Assembly members against greed, timidity


The Obong of Calabar, His Eminence Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi-Otu V has warned National Assembly members from Efik extraction to eschew greed, selfishness and timidity.
The Obong gave the warning while addressing the 12 clans of the kingdom, who gathered at his country home, Adiabo, for the annual Utomo Obong cultural festival and homage, which is always celebrated few days to Christmas.
He further challenged members of the National Assembly of Efik extraction to speak out in the face of marginalization, and warned against timidity, selfishness and greed.
He said “we need you to be shining light in Abuja, let our government at the national level know our plight and be your brother’s keeper.”
He appealed for unity among the Efiks and indeed all ethnic nationalities in Nigeria as the country celebrates the birth of Christ, saying it was only through unity that the country would overcome its hydra-headed socio-economic challenges.
“If we look closely, you will discover that we still have this lingering challenge. It is the challenge of lack of love and unity.
My appeal is to all of you to be one for if we are united;,we shall be like iroko tree which cannot easily be pulled down. I greatly appeal that we should eschew unnecessary politicking.”
Also speaking, member representing Bakassi in the Cross River State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Bassey Ekpo Bassey lauded the Cross River State government for adopting the Utomo Obong festival into the State tourism calendar.
“With this, the Efik cultural heritage and tradition has been recognised as unique. As a matter of fact, the history of Nigeria will not be complete if one does not mention the history of the Efiks and the stool of the Obong of Calabar.
“I commend the federal government for recognising the Obong of Calabar as one of the first class traditional leaders in the country,”‎ he said.




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