The Argungu Emirate in Kebbi State has today bestowed it’s revered traditional title of Kabiyan Kabi (Commander of the Archers) on the Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu.
It can be recalled that the former Governor of Abia State and chieftain of the All Progressive’s Congress (APC) senator was earlier notified of the conferment in a letter from the Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Mohammed Mera.
The Emirate council also stated in the letter that the traditional event would be held during the yearly international fishing festival in Argungu.
Also recall ,it was reported that Senator Orji Kalu and his colleagues arrived at the ancient city, via Birnin Kebbi International Airport. Kalu and his entourage were duly received by state Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and the enthusiastic and good people of Kebbi state .
Also honoured today alongside Senator Orji Uzor Kalu is the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan with the title of “Ganuwan Kabi” of Kebbi Emirates.
On Friday,in the presence of other palace monarchs, dignitaries, government officials, fellow lawmakers and well wishers gathered at the palace,the Abia North Senator and Ahmed Lawan were turbaned and garlanded with traditional attires as required by tradition, Kalu was also given with a Bow and Arrow which signified the meaning of the title.
Shortly after the turbaning ceremony, Kalu and other dignitaries including the Governor of Kebbi State were hosted to reception at the residence of the leader of the Senate, Senator Abdullahi Yahaya.
Sending his heartfelt appreciation, Orji Kalu expressed his gratitude to the Emirate council and Kebbi State for bestowing on him the revered title, which Kalu described as a show of uncommon love and unity . He also thanked the Southeast community residing in Kebbi.
He wrote::I was successfully turbaned Kibiyan Kabi of Argungu Emirates alongside Senate President, Ahmad Lawan (Ganuwar Kabi) today. This is to thank the Emir of Kebbi Emirate, good people of Kebbi State and the Igbo community in Kebbi for the trust and love showered on me today .
“My immense appreciation goes to the Sultan of Sokoto, Shehu of Borno , Governor of Yobe State and National Chairman of the APC, Governors of Kebbi, Katsina and Sokoto states , Senate Majority Leader , All former Governors of Sokoto and Kebbi state; Representative of Speaker of House of Representatives and many other notable dignitaries numerous to mention. Thank you Nigerians.”
Some of the dignitaries present were: Sultan of Sokoto, Shehu of Borno , Governor of Yobe State and National Chairman of the APC, Governors of Kebbi, Katsina and Sokoto states , Senate Majority Leader , Senator Abdullahi Yahaya, Senator Fadahunsi Francis Adenigba ( Osun East ); Senator Utazi Godfrey Chukwuka (Enugu North) ; Senator Michael Ama Nnachi ( Ebonyi South); Former Governor of Kebbi state and current Senator of Kebbi Central, Muhammad Adamu Aliero ; Deputy Chief Whip,Senator Abdullahi Sabi; Senator Sahabi Alhaji Yaú (Zamfara North) and other Senators.
Also included were:All former Governors of Sokoto and Kebbi state; Representative of Speaker of House of Representatives and many other notable dignitaries numerous to mention