Written By Ifere Paul
The people of Okurubong Council of Traditional Rulers in Ugep had on the 12th of May, 2016 poured their congratulations to Chief Obono-Obla. Speaking on behalf of the Okurubong people of Ijiman, His Royal Highness, Elder Otoh Otoh Arikpo, the Chairman and Obol Kekpatu thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for seeing their son worthy of inclusion in the appointment to serve the good people of Okurubong in Ijiman, the Yakurr Nation, the entire people of Cross River State, and Nigeria in general.
His Royal Highness, Arikpo Omini Edet, who accompanied the Obol Kekpatu, said that the kingdom of God rewards those who worked hard for it. He described Chief Obono-Obla as John the Baptist who has been crying in the wilderness. “Even when people like us didn't believe you, you kept on preaching about the Messiah in Buhari. The victory of Muhammadu Buhari as the President of Nigeria came to pass because people like you refused to be shaken. Therefore, we are here not to praise your dexterity. But to congratulate you on your patience and convictions. This goes to show that those who wait on the Lord, must surely be rewarded. Your appointment is an appointment well deserved“.
In his part, His Highness, Elder Abam Ofem Iwara thanked Muhammadu Buhari and pray that Chief Okoi Obono-Obla remembers that prosecution in Nigeria is very expensive that the poor sometimes are denied justice. He begged that Chief Okoi Obono-Obla uses his good office to reform the justice system and also make sure that poor people gets justice quick and cheap. He noted that some prosecution cases drags on for too long and sometimes, justice is sold out to those who can afford to pay for it. He congratulated Chief Obono-obla and wished him long life and prosperity.
The good people of South-South were not left out. The South-South Consolidated Forum as was represented by the president of the organisation, Comrade Dick Harry and Hon Nfawa Ofegobi also felicitated with their son from the South-South. The South-South Consolidated Forum has the Obong of Calabar as its patron in CRS.
Dick Harry used the occassion to thank President Muhammadu Buhari. “We want to use this opportunity to forward our unreserved appreciation for appointing our respectful son from the South-South into very enviable and hallowed positions in your government. The appointment is indicative of your sincere and unbiased position and interest to take Nigeria to a greater height”. He later charged Barr Okoi Obono-Obla to make sure he served Nigeria without fear or favour. But advised that Okoi should take his people along.
The Umor Otutu Socio Cultural Organization which Chief Okoi Obono-Obla happens to be member did not hold back its appreciations. The organization formally sent its congratulation message to the SA to the President on Prosecution on the 31th of May, 2016.
As if that was not enough, the Umor Otutu Socio Cultural Organization held a get together dinner in honor of their illustrious sons who were appointed in different capacities at Aguta Hotels & Suits, Abuja. The get together dinner meeting which was convened by Director General of the group, Mr Sebastien Eko, was attended by the de la creme of the Ugep people in Abuja. The group also honored Barr Eric Ifere Sr for his appointment as a member of the National Prosecution Co-ordination Committee.
The group presented gifts, exchanged ideas and advised the appointees to serve the President and country in general with fear and favor to anyone.
Responding to all those who visited to congratulate him, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla told his visitors to remain patient with Buhari as he knows that Buhari will not fail Nigerians. He however acknowledged that he knows that things are difficult with the masses. He assures that “sometimes things gets tougher to get better”.
“I thank you all for finding time in your busy schedules to come and congratulate me. I hold each and everyone of you in high esteem. I may not remember to always call you people. But then, you should not forget to call me from time to time. I will work hard to make sure that I carry everyone of you along. Please advise me when you see me deviates. No man is an island”.
“Thank you all for yoir congratulations”, he concluded.