By Kelechi Ugo
There was jubilation galore in the entire Nkwerre Ancient Kingdom in Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo State over the weekend during the official reception of the newly recognized traditional ruler of a new brand autonomous community, Nkwerre Opiaegbe, HRH Eze Dr. Geoffrey Nnannah (Eze Ishiala)
The People of the newly created Autonomous Community expressed their warm appreciations to Imo State governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma for his positive impart in ensuring the creation of additional communities from the old Nkwerre Ancient Kingdom.
The villages that made up the newly created Nkwerre Opiaegbe (Onusa) Autonomous Community include, Umuagu, Umuogbuo, Umuezike, Umuduruenwereji.
While the newly carved out autonomous communities from the old Nkwerre Ancient Kingdom are Nkwerre Opiaegbe with Eze Nnannah, Nnanano Nkwerre with Eze Anyaehie, Nnanato Nkwerre with Eze Okwara and Amanano Nkwerre respectively.
Speaking during the occasion, the Commissioner for Transport, Imo State who hails from Nkwerre Opiaegbe, Hon. Barr Rex Anunobi (Sokom) went memory lane to explain how long the battle of the Ezeship race started barely 20 years ago before it was finally settled recently by Governor Hope Uzodimma who issued Staff of Office and Certificate of Recognition to HRH Eze Geoffrey Nnannah (Eze Ishiala).
He described Eze Nnannah as not only a philanthropist but an industrialist who has been providing numerous job opportunities to the teeming youths as well as contributing to the community development.
“We are here to thank God and also to thank our people who also contributed in one way or the other for the success of the liberation of the people of Onusa Nkwerre now Nkwerre Opiaegbe Autonomous Community. To Governor Hope Uzodimma, we say a very big thank you Sir. These newly created autonomous communities in Nkwerre will foster community development and not meant to scatter the people of Nkwerre Ancient Kingdom. Therefore, the leadership of Nkwerre Aborigines Development Town Union led by Nze. Engr. Sam Akano should be ready to face more challenges. I will help and encourage our community to build one of the best Civic Centres in the land of Nkwerre,” Sokom stated.
Commending the governor, APC Nkwerre House of Assembly Candidate in 2019 general elections, Nze Franklin Iwunze (Ogbuagu Nkwerre) said that the newly created communities in the old Nkwerre will foster development as well as bringing unity of purpose among the people of Nkwerre.
In his words, “I am here in fellowship and in support of my people of Onusa Nkwerre to show also appreciation for supporting me during the last election. To you my leader, Barr Anunobi, (Sokom) you have done marvelous to the development of Nkwerre community. I do know that in all your efforts in Nkwerre you have not reaped any benefit, but God will reward you abundantly”, he said.
Contributing, Arch.Nze. Sir. Alex Ozurumba Ohiri (Anaeriaku 1 of Nkwerre) described Eze Nnannah as God ordained man who has come to liberate the people of Nkwerre Opiaegbe.
He called on the people of the community to throw their support behind the newly recognized traditional ruler urging youths to prepare for the successful kick off of the community’s agenda.
Responding, HRH Eze Dr. Geoffrey Nnannah thanked the people of his community for their support and patriotism. He promised to rule with the fear of God. He stated that he will not accept anything that is not genuine in his palace promising to take the community to an enviable height.
He thanked Governor Uzodimma for his fatherly contributions to the fulfillment of his people’s dream.