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Ndidem Qua: Kingmakers Announce Burial Rites

Posted: Oct 1, 2015 at 12:04 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Nsa Gill

Calabar

Traditional title holders and Kingmakers of Qua ethnic tribe in Calabar Municipal Council of Cross River State have announced the burial rites of the late Ndidem of Qua, Ndidem Thomas Ika, Ika Oqua III.

The late Ndidem Thomas Ika Ika Oqua was the second most powerful traditional ruler in the state after the Obong of Calabar and ruled for 12 years.

Addressing newsmen in the palace of the Ndidem, an heir to the throne, Ndidem Patrick Inok Oqua Agbor V, who spoke through one of the elders in the palace, Ntufam Edet Okon Asim, said that traditional rites preceding the final burial of the late monarch would be carried for two weeks and appealed to both individuals and corporate entities to observe the tradition of the people.

He asked residents of Calabar Municipal area to be wary of moving about during the night as traditional rites to observe the passage would be strictly followed.

“We call on all institutions located within the precinct of our territory, both public and private, to observe this week with respect for our departed king.  There shall be no noise but calmness,” the palace advised.

While paying tributes to past traditional rulers Ndidem Oqua Agbor recalled how the late Ndidem Ika Ika Oqua had insisted and worked towards ensuring that every family in Qua land had at least one graduate.

“We pay tribute to man whose capacity transcended the engineering profession and who insisted that every family in Qua land must have a graduate.  He fought for the liberation of our people and therefore, deserve our respect,” Agbor noted.

He however, advised the people of the kingdom to take solace in the fact that the late Ika Ika Oqua lived a worthy life and left behind legacies that will last another generation.