HRH Ezeogo Isreal Chibueze-Agbo, Agaba Idu II of Izhia Kingdom in Ohaukwu local government area of Ebonyi State
The longest reigning traditional ruler in Ebonyi, HRH, Isreal Chibueze-Agbo is dead.
The deceased was father to the gubernatorial candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Ebonyi in the 2019 governorship election, Chief Ndubuisi Chibueze-Agbo.
Chibueze-Agbo until his death was the traditional ruler of Izhia autonomous community in Ohaukwu local government area of Ebonyi and a first – class monarch.
The death of the monarch was announced by Mr Chinedu Chibueze-Agbo, first son of the deceased on behalf of the family and the Izhia Council of Chiefs at the palace in Izhia on Tuesday, Sept 1 amidst tears and weeping.
According to him, the traditional ruler passed on peacefully in the early hours of Tuesday, Sept 1.
Chibueze-Agbo who died at the age of 81, was the longest reigning monarch in Ebonyi who ascended the throne in 1978 and resigned for 42 years as the ‘Agaba Idu II of Izhia Kingdom.
The family said that burial of the late monarch would hold in Sept 28, his birthday.
Middle: Prince (Barr) Ndubuisi Chibueze-Agbo, SDP 2019 Gubernatorial candidate in Ebonyi and son of late Ezeogo Isreal Chibueze-Agbo at the Palace during the announcement of the death of the monarch.
“I stand before you today to announce the death of my father and the traditional ruler of our great Kingdom, Izhia community which sad event took place in the early hours of today, Sept 1, 2020.
“He was former chairman, Ohaukwu local government area Council of Traditional Rulers; former chairman, Ebonyi North Council of Traditional Rulers, and former chairman of Abakaliki zone, Council of Traditional Rulers.
“He was crowned in 1978 and he guided his people through the path of peace, unity and prosperity in his 42 years reign as the traditional ruler over his people.
“He lived for 81 years serving God and humanity before bowing to the glorious home call and may his sous rest in peace, ” Chibueze-Agbo said.
Meanwhile, Chief Ndubuisi Chibueze-Agbo, the SDP governorship candidate in Ebonyi in the 2019 gubernatorial election has described the death of his father as ‘shocking’ and a great loss not only to the community but Ebonyi in general.
He described the late monarch as an ‘enigma’ and a man with exceptional wisdom, leadership talent and great knowledge who led his people well.
He said that the monarch lives on and that he is like an ‘angel’ who has gone to be with the Lord.
HRH Ezeogo Isreal Chibueze-Agbo, Agaba Idu II of Izhia Kingdom in Ohaukwu local government area of Ebonyi
“We are celebrating the legacies he has left behind; our dad, the traditional ruler of Izhia community lives on, he is an enigma, a colosus who has gone to be with his creator.
“We are not mourning like people without hope because our father lived for God and humanity.
“Three years ago before his death, he called us and directed us on how to go about things, to live peacefully; today, he has gone to join his ancestors,” he said.
The SDP guber candidate who was former Commissioner for Education in Ebonyi thanked the people of Izhia for the support given to his father during his reign.
Chief Emmanuel Aka, the traditional Prime Minister of Izhia in a speech to announce the death of the leader, described the death of ‘Agaba Idu II’ as a great loss to the community and Ebonyi people.
Our Correspondent reports that condolence register has been opened at the palace for sympathisers to register their condolences.