From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokaja
The Attah Igala and President Kogi State Council of Chiefs, HRM Dr Micheal Ameh Oboni II has honoured Governor, Yahaya Bello with the traditional title of Oga-Onu-ogu- Attah of the Igala kingdom in appreciation for his developmental strides in the state.
The event was held on Saturday at the palace of the Attah Igala , Idah and had in attendance dignitaries particularly the Deputy Speaker house of representatives, Alhaji Ahmed Wase.
The Attah of Igala said that the conferment of traditional title by him were very rare gesture as he was always keen to give such title to worthy individuals.
His Royal Majesty asserted that those who privileged to be honoured with his traditional titles were well deserving sons and friends of Igala kingdom who have used their position to add value to the lives of the people.
Governor Bello in his remarks, thanked the royal father and the entire Igala Kingdom for the gesture with a promise that the recognition will spur him to do more for the people.
He revealed that since his
visit to the Atta’s palace when he was to contest at the APC primaries in 2015, the traditional ruler adopted him as a son and since then he has been privileged to stand on the shoulder of a giant.
The governor noted that by such position he has been placed high as the tremendous support of the Atta to his administration has been able to make giant steps and progress
Making reference to a quote by Attah. A Ayegba, the governor pointed out that the people of the state, particularly the Igala, Ebira and Okun were all descendants from Kwararafa.
Governor Bello described the Attah’s gesture as a proof that he was a true father of the state noting that whoever spoke against his action would be referred to history
The governor pointed out that his administration has made tremendous effort at ensuring the unity and togetherness of the sta by making sure that persons in the State irrespective of their ethnic or religion were treated with equity andthe fairness.
He affirmed that they as an administration were on the right path in delivering the dividends of democracy to the people of the State and would not rest on its oars until such desires were actualised.
Similarly, Traditional titles were also conferred on the Deputy Governor of the State, Honourable Edward Onoja and the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Mrs. Folashade Ayoade Arike as the Olimene-Attah and Omi Akele-Attah of the Igala Kingdom respectively.