By Sunny A. David
The traditional ruler of Atani in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State, Igwe Augustine Azuka Ngoddy has described Culture and Traditions as the bedrock of any idea society.
Igwe Ngoddy, who stated this in his Palace at Atani during the 2019 Okpotu, New Yam Festival celebration, called on all stakeholders in the society, especially the traditional rulers who are the primary custodians of traditions in every society to guide against bastardization and eventual extinction.
He said that culture and traditions of a people was on the critical instruments through which they could be identified, adding that their heritage should be preserved for the benefits of the future generations.
The monarch, who stated that Okpotu, New Yam Festival was the period to appreciate God for His abundant blessings, opined that after the Igwe had celebrated the chiefs otherwise known as the “Iches” would take their turn.
Igwe Ngoddy, who lauded the State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano for impacting positively on the State and for driving development to communities described the Governor as a great lover of cultures and traditions.
The Igwe urged the people to be peaceful, united and love one another as well as their culture in order to attract meaningful development to the community.
The Traditional Rulers maintained that he would always stand for the truth and embrace useful ideas that could contribute in building Atani community, just as he urged the people of the community to shun divisive tendencies.
He pledged to contribute modestly towards the growth and development of Atani community.