Godwin AJOM, Calabar
Chairman of Calabar South Local Government, Cross River State, Esther Bassey, has denied that receiving a chieftaincy title in Calabar from an alleged ‘Emir of Calabar’ in company of the Hausa Community in the state.
The council chairman however admitted that there was a proposal for her to be given a chieftaincy title by the Hausa community, even though it never happened. She also said she attended a prayer session organised by the same community of Hausa people.
Her media aide, Ruth Ekeng told TNN that “on the 14th of March 2022, the chairman was invited to attend a 3 -day prayer in honour of the Sarki of Hausa Community in the state, late Abba Lawan. Hon. Esther Bassey showed up for the event.
“There, they pleaded with her to stay back and witness the coronation of their new Sarkin, Alhaji Garba Lawan after which she was informed that, being the first female chairman to witness such historic event in the state, with her permission, they would love to invite and honour her with a chieftaincy title.
“Esther Bassey never received any chieftaincy title during the event as she only attended a prayer organised by the Hausa Community in honour of the late Sarkin. There is no such title as the emir of Calabar.”
The council further issues strict warning to all those perpetuating this evil defamation of character to seize from peddling lies.