By Alabi Umegbewe
The Regent of Ekpeye land, HRM Eze Felix Enene Otuwarikpo, on Saturday, condoled with the bereaved families and people of Idu Ekpeye and Ihuaba communities in both Ahoada West and East Local Government Areas of Rivers State over the unfortunate and regrettable loss of their patriarchs.
HRM Otuwarikpo was joined by top Ekpeye traditional leaders and community heads drawn from different communities for the burial of Elder Matthew Nwugo, the oldest person in Ugbobi and Igbuduya clans who passed on at the age of 117.
Eze Otuwarikpo urged the people to take solace in God because Elder Nwugo “lived an exemplary life worthy of emulation. He was peaceful in his lifetime and this is one attribute I wish our people should practice. Peace is priceless.”
The monarch called on the youths and people of Ekpeye to desist from violence and maintain peaceful relationship.
He encouraged the people to “eschew any unwholesome behaviour such as violence so as to maintain peaceful relationship” which our communities have enjoyed over the years as children of the great Akalaka,” whose descendants spread across two local government areas.
Eze Otuwarikpo condemned in strong terms the activities of those daily working to undermine the unity of the Ekpeye people, and advised the people not to take laws into their hands as this is never a sustainable way of resolving conflicts.