The people of Mburubu in Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State have officially welcomed their son and Igwe elect, Ozo Jerry Onuokaibe.
The ceremony, which took place on Saturday at Mburubu Primary School, had in attendance over 5000 Mburubians, drawn from all 5 villages across the community.
Recall that the community had, in a unanimous decision, selected Chief Jerry Onuokaibe as their Igwe elect in December 2023 an act welcomed by almost all community members.
Prior to this, some delegates were sent to beg the veteran businessman to accept the offer of being their ìgwè elect, as their late ìgwè, Late Igwe Emmanuel Muonyelu Ogbuzulu, emerged through the same process.
Chief Okonkwo Evu, during the kola nut prayers, urged God to guide their ìgwè elect and give him a long life as the community always has since its history.
A leader of the community and former Chairman of PDP of Nkanu East Local Government Area, Chijioke Nwachukwu, said the event is providential as God destined it.
He stated that the event is organized by the community to give their ìgwè elect, Ozo Jerry Onuokaibe, the opportunity to come out publicly, accept the task, and reaffirm his commitment to the progress of the community.
“Today is a great day in our land as we are organizing this event to enable our son, Ọzo Jerry Onuokaibe, whom we begged to be our traditional ruler, to come and accept our plea.
“The event is also one that would allow us to thank God for making this day a success as now, abuse of Mburubians, maltreatment, among other issues, would stop.
“We are also using this event to call on the state government to, as a matter of urgency, release his certificate of return.
Speaking on behalf of the ndị Nze na ọzọ Mburubu, Chief Sylvanus Njoku said the community is on course for progress and they have total belief that their ìgwè elect would take the community to the next level.
Chief Okafor Chukwu, said the event brings a new dawn to the community as the choice of Ozo Onuokaibe has not been in doubt.
Speaking on behalf of the community’s women, their leader, Anthonia Chukwu, said they are never in doubt of Jerry Onuokaibe’s capacity to deliver and reaffirmed their total support.
Chief Chinedu Ezechukwu, expressed his happiness over the event, saying that such has been predestined by God as Ozo Jerry Patrick Onuokaibe is the type of leader needed by the community to progress.
He asserted that their choice of Onuokaibe was a conclusion of their 2-year search for a leader better than their late Igwe.