Nung Oku Community in Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State has selected Pastor Anietie Okon Edem as the new village head to fill the vacant stool created by the demise of Eteidung Clement Ekeng.
Already, the selection of Eteidung Anietie Okon Edem has been ratified by the Ibesikpo Asutan Traditional Rulers’ Council, which has accordingly forwarded his name to the state government for official recognition and certification.
At the presentation of the village head-elect, Eteidung Anietie Okon Edem to the TRC, the chairman of the village selection committee, Mr Akan Okon Edem informed the paramount ruler, HRM Edidem Clement Francis Ekpenyong and the members, that the selection was done in strict adherence to the traditional rites, beliefs, norms, values and customs of Nung Oku community.
Mr Edem said that village headship rotates amongst Ikot Udoette and Atai Nung Akpe and that the late village head, Eteidung Clement Ekeng hailed from Nung Ukono family in Ikot Udoette hence the current choice, Eteidung Anietie Okon Edem being selected from Atai Nung Akpe by the majority of the family heads/king makers.
The family head of Nung Udo Akpan, Nung Oku Ibesikpo, Obong Augustine E. James affirmed the selection process, explaining that the village has six families and that the rotation policy resulted from an understanding the king makers had to ensure justice, fair play, inclusion and peace in the community.
The clan head of Ibesikpo, HH Etebom Nsidibe John Etuk, in his remarks ordered for an interlude and display of traditional drums in the palace as a mark of honour to the traditional stool, followed with dancing, accreditation of all family heads/kingmakers.
The clan head commended the family heads and people of Nung Oku for their resoluteness in the selection process and informed the TRC that the village head-elect was previously presented to the Ibesikpo Clan Council and gave go ahead for his presentation before the TRC.
The family head of Atai Nung Akpe, Obong Christopher O. Simon alongside other Kingmakers numbering four, after ushering a royal salute to the president-in- council, Edidem Clement Francis Ekpenyong, formally presented the village head-elect, Pastor Anietie Okon Edem.
The paramount ruler after all due diligence, in line with customs and traditions of the area and the laws of the land, accepted the presentation and decorated him. The royal father directed that the report of the selection of Eteidung Anietie Okon Edem be forwarded to the state government for recognition/certification as village head, Nung Oku.
In his acceptance speech, Eteidung Anietie Okon Edem thanked God for raising him as a king for his people and pledged to lead with the fear of God.
Eteidung Edem, a former Obong Mkparawa in the community, thanked the paramount ruler, clan head, family heads and members of Nung Oku village for the finding him worthy to serve and assured them that he will not disappoint and will discharge his duties effectively.