Rochas Okorocha- Imo state Governor has handed over the certificate of recognition and staff of office to HRH Eze Peter Ezechikere Njemanze as the new Traditional Ruler for Amawom Autonomous Community in Owerri Municipal Council.
The new Eze replaces the late Eze Emmanuel Emenyonu Njemanze, the Ozuruigbo the V of the old Owerri Muncipal council autonomous community, who died on May 10, 2016.
The event took place over the weekend at Sam Mbakwe Exco Chambers, Government House Owerri. In his speech at the historic event, Okorocha told the new traditional ruler to cooperate with the other traditional rulers in Owerri Municipal for peace and development. He also urged him to accommodate all, both indigenes and non-indigenes since Owerri is the capital of the state harbours people from far and near.
Okorocha stated, “The Njemanze family is a great dynasty everyone in Imo State is familiar with. It is about one year and five months today when the late Eze died, which means the one year period within which to mourn the late Eze has come and passed. Naturally there is need to fill in the gap”. “So, I’m happy that you have in your spirit, the Rescue Mission Agenda which is to uplift the suffering masses and the downtrodden in our society.
I want you to be a champion of this vision for which Rescue Mission stands. I also would urge you to cooperate with your other colleagues, the Ezes in the Municipality especially the four other Ezes who have played a very key role in ensuring your emergence. This is because it was a task to really find someone who can occupy this great throne as Eze Amawom”.
“Today, the entire people of Amawom have unanimously elected you to replace your cousin, who died in 2016. And it is for that reason that you have passed through all the processes to confirm you as His Royal Highness. You must know that to whom much is given, much is expected. Amawom people are in dire need of leadership as the vacuum created by the death of the late Eze has left most of the Amawom people not speaking with one voice”.
“We’re not unmindful of the fact that some myopic politicians, who like to do things the same old ways have failed to give us necessary support, desirable of any sitting government, but they have not deterred us in discharging our responsibilities. We shall be patient to deal with all matters relating to opposition or to make them understand our vision and mission and this will not be farfetched from now”.
Okorocha however, noted that Owerri was no longer the property of Owerri people but the property of entire state adding that the blessing God had come upon the people. “So for those who think that Owerri belongs only to you people, they are not completely right because this is our capital. And this is the reason over 60 percent of the total income of Imo state for the past seven years is invested in this place because it is for all of us as a capital”.
In his speech, the new Traditional Ruler assured to ensure peace and carry every one along in his scheme of things in the community. He commended the governor for the monumental achievements recorded by the Rescue Mission Government in the State and assured that he would work in harmony with the state Government in the overall interest of his people in particular and Imo people in general.