Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has been conferred with an Igbo chieftaincy title, NAIJ.com has gathered.
The radical and outspoken governor was conferred the Nwannedinamba Ndigbo (friend of the Igbos) title by the Ohanaeze Ndigbo with the authority of His Royal Majesty, Eze Chukwumeka Eri (JP).
Governor Ayodele Fayose being decorated by the Igbos.
According to a statement issued by his media aide, Lere Olayinka, the governor was honoured with the title during the 2016 Igbo Cultural Day Celebration held at Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, Ado-Ekiti on Saturday, November 19.
The event had worthy sons and daughters of the Igbos in Ekiti as well as high ranking political office holders in attendance.
He gets the Igbos’ nod to become a chief even in a Yoruba land.
Governor Fayose who described Igbo people as industrious and very hard-working said his love for the Igbos remain limitless.
“I am one with the Igbo people, they love me and I love them, I believe in them because they are industrious people, they are hardworking, whatever you will say in Nigeria today you can not take away the fact that Igbo people are risk takers, they are humble enough to serve under masters faithfully, graduate and behave in manners that represent them. I love Igbo people, I appreciate them and I will continue to do so,” he said.
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Finally… the Nwannedinamba sits on the ‘throne’.
Fayose greets his kinsmen the Igbo way…
He converses with his brothers after being conveyed with the title.
The High Chief himself rises to meet with his kinsmen after the coronation.
Governor Fayose cuts the cake after the conferment of the title.
The governor acknowledges the people as they cheer him on.