Benjamin Kalu, the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, has urged the traditional rulers in the southeast to support the administration of President Bola Tinubu, emphasising his interest in the region’s development.
Kalu said this at a meeting he held with members of the Bende Traditional Rulers Council at the weekend. He added that Tinubu is happy that Ndi Igbo have chosen to solve the insecurity issues in the region and address other issues via the Peace In South-East Project (PISE-P).
The deputy speaker urged the traditional rulers to support Tinubu to reap the dividends of democracy.
“Wherever Ndi Igbo see themselves, they encourage peace and harmony. We thank you for holding these values. I am your representative in the House of Representatives. I did not get there on my own. It was you who elected me. And this is why Abia State honoured me.
“A few days ago, the Governor of the state, Dr Alex Otti, who is not a member of my party, decided to honour me with a high title in Abia. He told the Abia State traditional rulers council to confer on me ‘Enyi Abia” (Strength of Abia). He must have seen something in your son.
“A day after that day, you saw what happened in Bende. It has never happened before. President Tinubu, represented by Vice President Kashim Shettima, the Senate President, represented by his deputy, my boss, the speaker of the House of Representatives, the governor of the State, Dr Alex Otti, Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State,” he said.