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HRH Igwe Fredrick Odo

By Ikechukwu Odu


NSUKKA —- It a was celebration galore at Eha-Etiti, Eha-Alumona, in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State as the traditional ruler of the community, HRH, Igwe Frederick Odo, celebrated his 100th birthday in Ofala style.

The event which was attended by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State; chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Enugu State chapter; Augustine Nnamani; former Commissioner Environment, Enugu State, Chijioke Edoga, amongst other dignitaries also featured the award of chieftaincy titles to 22 deserving personalities.

In a message to his subjects and friends alike, HRH Igwe Odo, cautioned youths to eschew ritual killings in their quest to get-rich-quick, but to imbibe the spirit of genuine hard work which would guarantee enduring wealth.

“I want youths of this generation to know that ritual money does not last. They should also remember that he who kills by the sword, dies by the sword. I want our youths to stop ritual killings in their quest to get-rich-quick.

“Anybody who travels on a fast lane in order to make money may get immediate results but those results will eventually fade away. It is better to work hard and get results that are enduring than to short-circuit the processes and live in regrets later in life,” he advised.

The monarch who was a former headmaster equally bemoaned the activities of land-grabbers in his community and pleaded with the government to intervene.

He equally called on the Federal Government to return schools management to the churches while the government takes financial obligations of running them.

While expressing gratitude to God for sparing his life, he urged his fellow traditional rulers not to indulge in acts capable of Jeopardizing peace in their communities, adding that their positions should be regarded as an extension of God’s helping hands to their subjects.

Those who spoke to South East Voice about the monarch described him as forthright and a man of peace.

Also, one of the recipients of the chieftaincy titles, Chief Marcy Okwor, from Aku in Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area of Enugu State described the event as classy, adding that such festival can only be seen in Anambra State. He also said that the honour has spurred him to plan a medical outreach programme for the people of Eha-Etiti.

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Photos: The traditional ruler of Eha-Etiti, Eha-Alumona, HRH, Igwe Frederick Odo (middle); his son and chairman of Enugu State Internal Revenue Service, Emeka Odo (2nd right); with other members of the households during the Ofala/100th birthday celebration of the monarch at Eha-Etiti, Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State.

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