By Joseph Atainyang
The newly inaugurated Paramount Ruler of Mbo local government area, HRM Ogwong Okon Asukwo Abang has reiterated his commitment to the peace, security and welfare of Mbo people. Ogwong Abang noted that as the royal father of the area, his primary responsibility is that of maintaining peace and harmonious coexistence amongst his people.
Speaking with our reporter shortly after his inauguration recently, Okon Abang who stated that peace and unity were necessary factors for a prosperous and productive nation, stressed that his leadership shall witness unparallel bond of love and togetherness among citizens of the area.
Condemning youth restiveness, communal feud, disagreement and disaffection as destructive elements which birth unending conflict and retrogression in human society, the royal father called on all facets of his people to embrace and accommodate one another. While acknowledging that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, Abang who is equally the Clan Head of Ebughu and the Village Head of Etisong Ebughu, called on well meaning sons and daughters to join hands and uplift the age long value of love, care and compassion among humanity.
Born into Iyo-Abang family of Etisong Ebughu Village in 1959, Okon Abang who began his community service as the village youth leader from 1979 to 1985, stepped into the traditional council as the village council chairman from 1989 to 2007. However, the Ebughu Clan Council of Chiefs in October 2017 selected him as Clan Head with official certificate of recognition being issued by the Akwa Ibom State government on September 1, 2019. It was on September 19, 2019, that Ogwong Abang stood an election at the Chambers of the Akwa Ibom State Council of Chiefs, Wellington Bassey Way, Uyo and got elected as the Paramount Ruler of Mbo local government area.
Meanwhile, the monarch who joined the Mbo Traditional Rulers Council in 2009, under the chairmanship of Late HRM Ogwong Edet Antai Essang III, former Paramount Ruler of the area, became a loyal servant to the immediate past Paramount Ruler of the Area, HRM Late Ovong (Hon.) Etim O. Isemin, Ahta Oro VII. Ogwong Abang who holds a position in the World International Sacred Peace Movement, Ebughu Branch and is a BoT Member, Mbo Family Heads Kingdom, is a former Chairman, Peace and Conflict Resolution Committee in Akai Ebughu.
A renowned international merchant who crisscrossed the borders of Nigeria, Gabon, Benin Republic, Cameroon and other African states, blazed the trail as the most entertaining music artiste who composed and sang traditional folksongs (àfïàhà’ àyïd) spanning between 1983 and 1995, when he gave his life to Christ.
However, distinguished patriots of Mbo LGA, including the former President General of Oron Union, Sir (Dr) Asuquo Inuikim Obon, KJW, Àkpàhà Òrò and the current Secretary to Akwa Ibom State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem have long sent their messages of felicitation to the Royal Father.