The Ijaw National Congress, INC, has expressed readiness to participate in the burial of His Serene Majesty, King T.J.T Princewill, Amachree the XI and Amanyanabo of the Kalabari Kingdom, in Asari Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State.
President of INC Worldwide, Prof. Benjamin Ogale Okaba, gave this assurance when he led a five-man delegation on a condolence visit to the residence of Prince Tonye Princewill.
Members of the five-man delegation include, Chairman of Eastern Zone of INC, His Royal Majesty, King NLA Iraron, Ede Obolo II, 1st Vice President of INC Worldwide, Mr. Atamuno Atamuno, INC Worldwide Organizing Secretary, Amb. Sowari M. Hart, Vice Chairman, INC Eastern Zone, Somina Wokoma, Mr. Onengiye-ofori H. Fenibo.
Okaba, who was represented by the INC Chairman of Eastern Zone, lauded the son of the late Monarch, Prince Tonye, for setting up what he described as a high-powered PAN IJAW Central Burial Committee to oversee the burial arrangements of the late Kalabari-Ijaw Monarch.
While expressing dismay at the non-inclusion of INC worldwide in the burial committee, the delegation affirmed her participation with the inclusion of INC members in the burial committee.
The Ijaw National Congress described the late King and former member of the Council of Ijaw Traditional Rulers and Elders-CITRE as a rare gem and an inspiration to countless many.
According to them, “The late King was not just a father but a pioneer pillar of INC and a father to many Ijaw sons and daughters. It is the responsibility of Ijaw National Congress INC, Worldwide to fully participate in the burial process of the Ijaw Monarch.”
In his response, the chief mourner and Prince of Kalabari Kingdom and Niger Delta, Prince Tonye thanked the INC, Worldwide, for finding time to pay what he described as epochal condolence visit to him and by extension the entire Kalabari People.
Prince Tonye also announced the burial dates as 29th and 30th of November, 2023, and asked that the INC send in three names which will be formally included in the burial committee.
He further requested the INC to, “continue to pursue people centered policies focused on lifting Ijaw people and others up in society. This is what the King would have wanted and your formal participation would bring him joy.
“The rest of the burial activities will soon be published by the Central Working Committee.”