By Patrick Ochei
The traditional ruler of Issele-Uku Kingdom in Aniocha North local government area of Delta State, HRM Agbogidi Obi Nduka has celebrated the Eid-El-Fitr with Muslims at the Issele-Uku Royal Palace on Thursday 13th May, 2021.
The monarch who presented the Muslim community with foodstuffs, drinks and money, appreciated them for being peaceful and supportive of the traditional laws of Issele-Uku.
Obi Nduka appealed to them to continue to remain law abiding and holding on to the tenets of peace and unity of Issele-Uku community, Aniocha North, Delta State and Nigeria in general.
He reminded them that Islam is a religion of peace and as such no individual or group agenda should scuttle that belief. He then admonished them not to be hoodwinked into causing mayhem within their host community by enemies of Nigeria who are busy promoting religious disharmony.
Agbogidi Nduka therefore, congratulated them on their successful completion of their annual religious obligation of fasting and praying for their well-being and Nigeria.
Briefing newsmen at the end of the celebration, Obi Nduka affirmed that Nigeria is one and that there was no need to discriminate anybody on the basis of tribe and religion.
His words, “Issele-Uku is a peace loving and hospitable community. We have never had issues of disaffection and acrimony with our strangers. We have always lived in harmony with all the tribes of the country who have come to dwell amongst us.
“We will continue to uphold that cordial relationship and harmony irrespective of the current security challenges in our dear country.
“Of course, we know our people and our friends. Those who live with us have always been law abiding and supportive of our leadership system, even our customs and traditions.
“However, we must continue to advise those with criminal tendencies to destabilise us with kidnapping and other forms of crime, to have a rethink and give peace a chance. If they want to continue in criminal behaviour, they should go far from us and not corrupt those who had lived long and well with us.
“On this note, I congratulate them again on their successful Ramadan fast. Happy sallah and more of God’s blessings to them”, Obi Nduka posited.
Earlier, Seriki of the Hausa community in Issele-Uku, Alhaji Isiaka had appreciated Agbogidi Obi Nduka for hosting them and lightning up their celebration even at this difficult period.
He pledged the loyalty of the Hausa community to Agbogidi’s rulership, while appealing to the Royal Majesty to continue to be their royal father.
His words, “We are pleased with your kind gesture to the Hausa community Your Majesty. We assure you of our unalloyed loyalty and support to the culture and traditions of Issele-Uku people.
“We appeal that you continue to see us as your children and worthy subjects too. We are humans too; so therefore, where we are going the wrong way, please correct us and reprimand us if necessary. We will as much as possible continue to comply with the rules and regulations of the Kingdom, so that going forward, we shall continue to have a peaceful and lovely community”, Seriki Isiaka affirmed.
It was a moment of conviviality at the Palace, as chiefs, elders and some members of the royal family flanked around Agbogidi Obi Nduka in celebrating with the Muslims in the community.