2023: Our prayers of peace, unity answered – Obong of Calabar

The Obong of Calabar, His Eminence Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V, has dismissed predictions of political upheavals and fears of the unknown during next year’s general election in the country, saying God was already answering his prayers and that of other Nigerians for peace in the country during and after the polls.

The monarch, who spoke in his country home, Adiabo, Calabar during the 11th edition of the Utomo Obong festival, weekend, expressed satisfaction that major tribes in Cross River, for instance, had demonstrated unity by attending the festival despite high cost of transportation and other challenges.

“Your presence today, I mean the attendance of various groups, tribes and people in this event, is an indication that God has started answering my prayers and indeed our prayers for peace and unity, not only in Cross River but also in our country as a whole. believe that this demonstration of unity and goodwill you have all exhibited will be seen across our country.

“I call on all our people, no matter your tribe and religion, to know that we have no other country except Nigeria. Forget your differences and work for the progress of our country at least for the sake of posterity,” the Monarch stated.

Also speaking, leaders of the different ethnic groups were present at the occasion.

For the President, Ohaneze Ndigbo in Cross River, High Chief Felix Odoemene, the Obong of Calabar has unified all tribes with his dispositions, while another prominent Igbo son, Sir Chukwemeka Egwuonwu, said, “the Igbos, other tribes and indeed all Cross Riverians are today celebrating the epitome of peace and unity, The Obong of Calabar.

“The Obong is a man God has used to bring maximum peace in Cross River among various tribes here. He is a man who does not discriminate, and we pray that this peace shall remain as we go into election and even forever.”

Etnyin (Arch) Bassey Ndem, a member of Efik Traditional Council, in a chat, explained that the Utomo Obong was an annual festival of the Efiks to pay homage to the Monarch, and that Cross River was witnessing unprecedented goodwill and peace partly due to the disposition of the Obong who ensures he settles any form of ethnic discrepancy.

“The Obong has done very well since he came on board. This is an occasion for all tribes and tongues to come together as one under the leaership of our father, who is theTreaty King. We pray that God will continue to bless him, give him long life ND the wisdom to continue to lead our people,” he stated.

To Mrs Adegoke Oyeleye, who spoke on behalf of the Yoruba community in Cross River state, the presence of the Yoruba in their number at the event was a demonstration of the high regards they have for the Obong, who she described as a father and man of peace.