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Governor Willie Obiano has charged traditional rulers to rise to the challenge of cultism ravaging communities of the state by evolving programmes that will keep the youths positively engaged.
Governor Obiano gave the charge during the 2018 Annual Seminar of the Anambra State Council of Traditional Rulers held in Awka.
The seminar which is the seventh in the series, has as its theme, "Governor Obiano's landslide electoral victory and the making of a united and greater Igbo nation. "
The seminar was well attended by traditional rulers in the state as well as guests such as the President General, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, the Amanyanabo of Opobo, Dandison-Douglas Jaja, among others and featured paper presentations and interactive sessions.
Declaring the seminar open, Governor Obiano commended traditional rulers in the State for the roles they played in making his twenty-one over twenty- one victory possible and sustaining the peace in the State, as well as the tolerance and maturity they had exhibited towards handling the Fulani herdsmen - farmers issue, that had prevented a major crisis between them.
The Governor explained that as the host Governor for the Ohaneze Summit on Restructuring, what he has done was to forward the "Ekwueme Declaration" to his counterparts in other states and summon a meeting where the communique will be ratified and taken ownership of, by the SouthEast Governors.
He noted that his government is committed to developing the state but it cannot do it alone, calling on the traditional rulers to continue to support his administration's vision for the transformation of the state.
The Chairman of the Council and traditional ruler of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe observed that Governor Obiano has made Anambra a model state in Nigeria across many areas including security, Agriculture, community development and politics, noting that destiny has designed it that he will lead the state and Ndigbo towards the desired destination.
According to him, the event is an opportunity to discuss on the journey which Ndigbo has started towards self- re-discovery and strategic positioning in the politics of Nigeria, using the Obiano electoral victory.
The President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo acknowledged that there has been sustained growth trajectory in Anambra State due to sustained visionary leaderships, thanking Governor Obiano for his immense contributions towards the Igbo cause.
In a remark, the Chairman Planning Committee for the event and traditional ruler of Okpuno, Igwe Sunday Okafor expressed the hope that the year's seminar will yield answers to the teething socioeconomic challenges of Ndigbo and thanked Governor Obiano for keeping faith with the traditional rulers.
In a goodwill message, Amanyanabo Douglas Jaja said the cordial relationship between the Governor and the traditional rulers as well as his community development initiatives are very laudable and should be emulated by other governors of the country, adding that with the way Anambra is going, it is sure to become a reference point in terms of development in the near future. 
Governor Obiano was during the ceremony presented with a plaque by the Ohaneze Ndigbo leadership in appreciation of his decision to host the Ohaneze Summit on restructuring of Nigeria.

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