Igwe Alfred Achebe, Obi of Onitsha
The South-East Council of Traditional Rulers, has urged its subjects and all residents in the South-East zone of the country, to ignore any sit-at-home order, and to massively go out to vote for their preferred candidates.
This is contained in a communiqué issued on Saturday at the end of the first 2023 Executive Committee Meeting of the South-East Council of Traditional Rulers (SECTR) held in the Old Eastern Nigeria House of Chiefs in Enugu on Feb. 15.
The communiqué said that the meeting deliberated on the role of traditional institution in ensuring peace and security inSouth-East particularly in the run up to the General Elections; and took the following decisions.
“First, the Royal Fathers called on the people of the South-East to go out en masse to vote for their preferred candidates during the elections and to ignore any order for sit-at-home.
“Second, the Council appealed to the security agencies to create a conducive and safe environment for the General Elections; while calling on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to act professionally and patriotically.
“Third, the killings and destruction of property in South Eastern Region and across the country are condemned in strong terms by the Council.
“Fourth, the Council called on all Traditional Rulers to take control of their various domains during this upcoming election for peaceful, free and credible elections to take place,” it said.
The communiqué was jointly signed Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu, Chairman, South-East Council of Traditional Rulers and Chairman of Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers, as well as Igwe Alfred Achebe, the Obi of Onitsha and Chairman of Anambra State Council of Traditional Rulers.
It was also signed by Eze Joseph Nwabeke, the Ezeamara of Eziama Ntigha, and Chairman, Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers.
The meeting was attended by these three revered Royal Fathers and other members of the Executive Committee of the Council.