From Noah Ocheni, Lokoja
The Igala Traditional Council and the royal family have announced the death of HRM, Attah Igala, Dr. Idakwo Ameh Oboni II.
Prince Ocholi Idakwo, the Son of HRM Attah Igala, Dr Idakwo M A Oboni, on Saturday in Idah announced that the Leopard has gone to the forest for hunting.
He made the announcement on Saturday at the palace of Idah the traditional stool of the Attah Igala’ and headquarters of Idah local government area, Kogi state, while addressing Journalists.
While thanking the people of state for their support and prayers, Prince Ocholi described his father as a man of action and one who was passionate about upholding the rich culture of Igala Traditional Council.
Meanwhile, Kogi State Government has formally announced the passing on of the Attah Igala and Chairman Kogi State Council of Chiefs, HRM Michael Idakwo Ameh Oboni II.
In a press statement signed the State Commissioner of Information and Communications, Chief Kingsley Fanwo, said the late Attah Igala joined his ancestors on 27th August 2020.
He described the late King as a great man and one ahead of his time and institution in thinking and action, adding that he ruled with great courage and the fear of God.
“He was fiercely loyal to his people throughout his lifetime and used the revered throne of the ancient Igala Kingdom to foster unity and partnerships for his domain and for Kogi State at large.”
“His Royal Majesty’s most enduring legacy will include his avid support, as Chairman of the Kogi State Council of Traditional Rulers, for this Administration’s signature initiative to replace competition and rivalry with cooperation. ”
“He will be remembered for leading Royal Fathers across the state on a visit to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, on June 19, 2019 where they added their voices to the Governor’s urgent federal attention to some crucial needs in Kogi State. It is a measure of the respect accorded the delegation that Mr. President responded with favourable actions soon after.”
“The late Royal Father advocated for rapid industrialisation of Igalaland and the Kogi East Senatorial District throughout his lifetime.”
“His Royal Majesty, Michael Idakwo Ameh Oboni II will be sorely missed. We console his family, the great Igala people and all of Kogi State on this great and irreparable loss.”
The final Royal Funeral obsequies according to Igala tradition and other ceremonies will be announced in due course.