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No more Use of English at Official Functions for Imo Monarchs – Governor Rochas



No more Speaking of English at Official Functions for Imo Monarchs - Governor Okorocha

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo has banned traditional rulers in the State from speaking in English at official functions and while conducting affairs at their palaces.

Okorocha gave the directive while handing over letters of recognition and staffs of office to 19 newly recognized traditional rulers in the State in Owerri on Tuesday.

He directed that every monarch must only speak in Igbo at functions and in their palaces, adding that interpreters could be employed if the need arises.

The governor said this is in a bid to ensure that the Igbo language did not die as predicted in some quarters.

He also told traditional rulers in the state to be agents of peace, progress and prosperity in their respective domains instead of being tools of disunity and destabilization.

He  warned that any traditional ruler who could not show genuine leadership in his autonomous community would have his Certificate of Recognition and Staff of Office withdrawn.

The governor further encouraged the new traditional rulers to help the government to develop the resources of the state while urging them to rule equitably.

“Every community requires an Eze to function effectively as the head of the Community Government Council. Today, that responsibility has fallen on you. I urge you not to fail as failure is not an option and I encourage you to help the government in developing the resources of our land.

Remember that to whom much is given much is expected. This whole exercise you must understand is not an election or appointment to enable you distinguish between those who love you and those who hate you.

Today, you are an Eze, and you must be the Eze for everyone both those against you and those who were for you. I advise you to take all of them along and embrace peace.

Your first assignment should be to invite those who were against you to make peace in your land as no Eze can function effectively if there is no peace in your land,” he said.

Delivering a vote of thanks vote of thanks, Eze Lucky Ajoku of Ihiagwa Autonomous Community, promised that they will embrace peace.

Ajoku also pledged the support of the monarchs in helping the government attain the lofty ideals of the Community Government Councils in their various communities.


  1. Nwoke Dimkpa

    July 12, 2017 at 5:36 am

    It is ironic He is mandating traditional rulers to speak Igbo to their constituents while He is delivering the message to them in English. Things fall apart…the center cannot hold.

  2. jose

    July 12, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Interesting development

  3. Bodunade

    July 12, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Thank you for this ‘development’ but i believe we have more pressing issues like , hunger , unemployment, illiteracy, lack of potable water etc..
    Please try to tackle one or more of these alongside trying to make your monarchs speak igbo..

    • Retro X

      July 12, 2017 at 9:47 am

      Remove garbage from major streets(and all streets!) in the State’s capital, pay monthly salaries and pensions arrears…

  4. zzzzzzzzzzz

    July 12, 2017 at 9:49 am

    This is not a serious issue that the government needs to enforece

  5. Moniker

    July 12, 2017 at 10:00 am

    And this thing made news? I dunno what we did that God gave us such clueless leaders.
    Every region has a comedian of a governor.

  6. One thoroughly pissed off Imolite

    July 12, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    At times, it is just puzzling to imagine that we have this level of idiocy in governance in Nigeria. But I guess that’s why things are the way they are in the polity. This man who is paid from public funds woke up from sleep and this is his great idea of the day? I think it has to do with that fool’s mantle he drapes around his stupid neck…..

  7. Chigbundu Henry

    July 13, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Rochas was before now the true leader and hope of igbos but when and how we lost trust in him is what I don’t know I guess he is carried away by the position he holds

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