The Muri Munene and Grand Patriarch of the Efut kingdom of Cross River, HRM Maurice Okon Eyo I, has tasked Nigerians to be committed to nation building despite their challenges and ethno-religious differences.
The traditional ruler said he was convinced the country would overcome its current socio-economic upheavals and emerge stronger.
The Royal Father said this in Calabar, weekend, during an interview with Journalists shortly after officially performing the traditional capping of the United States of America-based scientist, HRH Muri Eyo Inyang, as the head of Efut Ebuka Ebuka clan.
“Challenges are meant to mould and make is better and Nigeria is not an exemption. I am convinced that the 2023 will make Nigeria better. As gold tried in fire, we shall blossom and shine again. I charge all citizen to take nation building as a task. We should stop wishing Nigeria evil because this is the only country that we have,” the Monarch said.
On the capping of Muri Inyang, he said the action was in conformity with the laid down tradition and customs of the Efut Kingdom.
He therefore charged the new Muri to be selfless in service to his motherland even in far away United States.
“You must always be honest in all your dealings with your people, love them, be ready to sacrifice for them, lead by example and support all the programmes and policies of the government of the day,” he told the new clan head.
In his response, HRH Muri Inyang, a research scientist and holder of degrees in Chemistry and Medical Technology of Tennessee State University Nashville, Tennessee, USA, lauded the Minene in Council and the entire Efut people for the honour done him, saying it would spur him to redouble his effort in the development and capacity building of his people.
The new Ebuka Ebuka clan head advised Nigerians to “be sincere to yourself despite your trials and tribulations,” adding “don’t allow anyone to talk you down. With focus and determination, we can reach the pinnacle of life. This is what this honour has taught me.”
Blueprint reports that Mrs Nnanke Bassey Arikpo, an Accountant with Cross River State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA) was also honoured as Mbonka (Woman leader) in Ikot Efio Ene Clan for her selfless services to her host community.