By Joseph Kingston, Calabar
Tension is brewing in Calabar as a socio-political group, Nka Ikemesit Mkparawa Essien Efik Duopeba, Saturday, gave the head of the Igbo community in the State (Eze Ndigbo), Chief Emmanuel Ezenwenyi, 7 days ultimatum to pack out of the ancient city.
In a press release made available to our reporter, dated April 3, 2021 and signed by it’s Chairman, Ekpo Ekeng, Vice Chairman, Adim Ekpenyong Adim and Secretary, Ekpenyong Bassey Ekpenyong, the group accused Chief Ezenwenyi of insulting the Obong of Calabar.
Titled ‘Insult on Obong of Calabar by Head of Igbo people in Calabar,’ the release read in part: “You have to park out of Calabar in Seven (7) days from today, 3rd April, 2021, for insulting the Obong of Calabar, calling yourself or making yourself the Obong of Calabar, when Obong of Calabar is on the throne.
“During the award issued on Inoson Motors on the 27th March, 2021 at the University of Calabar, Calabar, Inoson motors visited you, and you told him that you are the Obong of Calabar, and that there is no need or reason for him to pay a visit to the Obong of Calabar.
“For that reason, you are given seven days to pack and leave Calabar. You have to, under that seven days (7 days), go to His Eminence, the Obong of Calabar, the treaty king, to his palace and apologize or pack out of Calabar.
“We cannot tolerate or have two kings in one kingdom. Nobody can do it in your place and your people accept it. So you cannot do it here, period.”
However, in a reaction, Otuekong Francis Edet, media aide to the Obong of Calabar said the Monarch and his Etubom Traditional Council were not aware of such development, saying the said group had not receive any approval from the palace of the Obong of Calabar to issue such ultimatum.
Efforts to contact the group’s leaders over the matter were not successful as at press time.