Saturday, 14 May 2022

Prof. Itam Hogan Remains Our Muri Munene and Patriarch, But... Efut Nation Traditional Leaders Reacts to Ayade's Sack of their Monarch

Prof. Itam Hogan, Muri Munene and Paramount
Ruler of Calabar South flanked by other chiefs 





The Muri Munene's Council and the Council or the Efut Nation have reacted to the sack of Prof. Itam Hogan by Governor Ben Ayade as their Traditional Ruler, stating that Prof. Itam Hogan still remains their Muri Munene. 



In a press statement signed by some of the council members, they informed the governor that according to the tradition and laws of the Efut Nation, once a Muri Munene is enthroned, he remains the Patriarch of Efut Nation until he transitions to the great beyond. NO other person can be selected in his lifetime. 


The Traditional Council notwithstanding, acknowledged that the Muri Munene may have gone against the laws establishing the Cross River State traditional council, they therefore, pleaded the governor to temper justice with mercy.

While they await the resolution of the impasse between the governor and the monarch, they have in the main while they have unanimously on the 11th of May, 2022, selected HRH, Muri Joseph Bassey Anating-Edem VI, the Clan Head of Efut Ekondo to preside over the affairs of Efut Nation.


The statement by the Monarchs reads in full:

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PRESS RELEASE

The attention of the Muri Munene's Council comprising the eight (8) ancestral clans of the Efut Nation whose prerogative it is to select the Muri Munene of Efut and the Council of Efut Nation, has been drawn to the directives of the Government of Cross River State to its Monarch, the Muri Munene of Efut.

While we accede to the responsibility of the Government to maintain law and order, there is also the peace component of its task to ensure. We pray that justice should be tempered with mercy. Enthronement and Government recognition are mutually exclusive; the former is a tenet of tradition while the latter is a gesture of respect by the ruling government. 

Whereas the government has its constitutional duty to protect and same is on course; and whereas, there is a need to safeguard the customs, norms and traditional values of Efut Nation by its natives; We the undersigned Heads and Representatives of the Eight (8) ancestral clan of Efut Nation relying on the provisions of the Constitution of Muri Munene's Council of 1974, Article VI A Sub 1 & 2 which to state as follows: "The Muri Munene shall be the President of the Council to be assisted by a Clan Head. He shall hold his office for a lifetime as well as his Vice".

Also, the 1996 rules and conditions to be fulfilled before the conferment of the title of Muri on new Clan Heads state as follows: "These are the rules and conditions laid down by the original eight Efut Clans (Ekondo, Abua Odukpani, Ibonda, Abua Calabar, Ifako, Abua Isu-Ekom Akpabuyo, Ukem and Mkpara) for themselves and future descendants of the eight clans, which supersedes all former written or unwritten ones". 

MURI MUNENE "Only Muris of the eight original Efut Clans can select one of them to become Muri Munene".

Stemming from the above, we wish to state as follows: Only Muris of the Eight (8) original (ancestral) Efut Clans can select one (1) of them to become Muri Munene. That the Muri Munene once enthroned, as in the case of Muri Munene Prof. Itam Hogan Itam Nyam Nnakor, remains the Patriarch of Efut Nation until he transitions to the great beyond. NO other person can be selected in his lifetime. That on the 11th of May, 2022, the ancestral Clan Heads, have unanimously, owing to the recent development, selected HRH, Muri Joseph Bassey Anating-Edem VI, the Clan Head of Efut Ekondo to preside over the affairs of Efut Nation until the anticipated resolution of the impasse. That we make this resolution in good faith for the peaceful cohesion and progress of Efut Nation.

Signed:
HRH, Muri Amambo Ekpenyong Nsa  (Efut Abua Odukpani)

HRH, Muri Ita Okokon Mesembe (Efut Ibonda) 

HRH, Muri Joseph Bassey Anating-Edem VI (Efut Ekondo)

HRH, Muri Bassey Nyong Etim (Efut Ifako)

HRH, Muri Itam, Itam Hogan  (Efut Ukem)

HRH, Muri-Elect Asuquo Edem Essien (Efut Mkpara)

HRH, Muri Boco Ekpo (Efut Abua Isu-Ekom, Akpabuyo)

HRH, Muri Ebuka Edet Eyo (Efut Abua, Calabar South)





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