From Emmanuel Uzor, Awka

Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State has sent warm birthday greetings to Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, the Obi of Onitsha, on his 83rd birthday.

In his congratulatory message, Soludo extolled the excellent royal qualities and contributions of Igwe Achebe to the growth and development of Anambra State. He noted that the first-class monarch’s exceptional leadership and wise counsel have been invaluable assets to the traditional institution and societal peace in Anambra and beyond.

Soludo commended Igwe Achebe’s impact as the Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University and former Chancellor of Kogi State University, esteemed positions where he demonstrated a steadfast commitment to education and human capital development.

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“Governor Soludo, therefore, on this special occasion joins the royal family, friends, and well-wishers to celebrate this icon of our time, a quintessential leader, a bridge builder, and an embodiment of wisdom, integrity, and service to humanity,” the statement by Governor Soludo’s Chief Press Secretary, Christian Aburime, read.

“May the Almighty God continue to bless His Majesty, Igwe Nnaemeka Alfred Ugochukwu Achebe, with good health, renewed strength, greater wisdom, and many more years of purposeful leadership and service to our dear State and Nigeria.”

Senator Uche Ekwunife, Director General of the South East Governors’ Forum, also described Igwe Achebe as a great leader who has stood on the path of justice. She said he represents the true essence of promoting Igbo customs and tradition and described him as a man whose contribution to the development of the country is significant.