It was a new beginning in the agrarian Community of Igbodo in Ika North East Local Government Area as the traditional ruler, HRM Obi Nkeobikwu Osadume the first, presented to the people his new wife, the queen, inn line with the custom of Igbodo Kingdom.

The Monarch as the colourful ceremony held at the ancestral palace of Igbodo Kingdom expressed gratitude to God for the peaceful resolution of all issues surrounding his marriage. Obi Osadume particularly thanked the State Government for the intervention on the matter.

He assured the people that he would continue to uphold the customs and traditions of the Kingdom and appealed to all to work towards the development of the community.

The royal father expressed happiness over the unity of purpose that exist among the Obi-in-Council and the Igbodo development Union, urging all never to compromise the peace and unity of the people.

The traditional Prime Minister of Igbodo Kingdom, Dr. Ifeanyi Unomah said the turbulent period was over and thanked the traditional ruler for listening to the wise counsels of those that intervened on the matter.

Dr. Unomah said the choice of a daughter of the community as the queen was in line with the custom of Igbodo Kingdom.

The president general of Igbodo development Union, IDU worldwide, Chief Peterson Ozili-Chiemeke said Igbodo as an agrarian Community is yearning for development, saying that the controversies over the King’s marriage was a distraction and expressed gratitude to God that the matter has been resolved amicably.

Chief Ozili-Chiiemeke paid glowing tribute to the State Deputy Governor Prof. Amos Utuama, HRM the Obi of Owa Kingdom, Dr. Emmanuel Efeizomor II, JP (OON), HRM, the Obi of Umunede Kingdom, Agadagidi Ezenwani, the first and the transition committee chairman of Ika North East Local Government, Princess Ijenwa Okunoke, for their personal intervention and their interest towards the peaceful resolution of the matter.

A member of the Obi-in-Council, Chief Gilbert Nwaije said that now that the marriage issue was over, attention would be on the development of the community.

The ceremony featured the decoration of the queen with beads by the Obi who also led his wife to her seat in the palace as the queen of the community. Several notable sons and daughters of Igbodo community who witnessed the ceremony also paid homage to the King and the wife.

It will be recalled that HRM, Obi Osadume a law graduate from Madonna University last year had some misunderstanding with his community over the issue of his marriage to a non-indigene.

The king had earlier stood against the request to get another wife from the community but later change his mind.