The Attah Igala and chairman Kogi State traditional council, Micheal Ameh Oboni II, has conferred a traditional title on Governor Yahaya Bello.
The monarch, who had earlier received a Rolls Royce as gift from one of the governor’s allies, conferred the traditional title of the -Onu-Ogu-Attah of the Igala kingdom on Bello.
Many will view this as a strategic political move by the governor whose main rival in the forthcoming election is of the majority Igala ethnic group.
During an event was held on Saturday at the palace of the Attah of Igala, Idah the monarch stated that the conferment of traditional titles by him were very rare gesture as he was always keen at giving such titles to worthy individuals.
He added that those who were conferred with the traditional titles were well deserving sons and friends of Igala kingdom who have used their positions to add value to the lives of the people.
Receiving the title, Governor Bello thanked the royal father and the entire Igala kingdom for such a privileged gesture.
He revealed that since his visit to the Attah’s palace when he was to contest at the APC primaries in 2015, the traditional ruler adopted him as a son, adding that he has been privileged to stand on the shoulder of a giant.
Making reference to a quote by Attah, the governor pointed out that the people of the state, particularly the Igala, Ebira and Okun were all descendants from Kwararafa, adding that those who discriminate people of different ethnic and peddled ethnic bigotry were the real enemies mitigating the progress of the state.
Governor Bello described the Attah’s gesture as a proof that he was a true father of the state, noting that whoever speaks against his action would be referred to history.
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 Olimele-Attah and Omi Ekele-Attah of the Igala Kingdom respectively.
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