By Onome Oghenetega
The Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC) has decorated the Ovie of Idjerhe Kingdom in Delta State, HRM, King Monday Obukohwo Whiskey, Udurhie 1, as its patron.
Udurhie was installed at the weekend when the leadership of the famous club paid him a courtesy visit at his palace in Jesse in Ethiope West Local Government Area of the state.
The Idjerhe monarch, according to the NFSC, was honoured with the position for his activism for the betterment of humanity and Nigeria.
Leadership of NFSC and members led by Rev. Samuel Ikpea, National Chairman, stormed the palace regaled in green-and-white drumming and dancing with admiration.
Ikpea in his speech congratulated the monarch on his ascension to the throne of his fathers.
The NFSC boss extolled the virtues of the king and based his selection as patron on his sterling qualities and love for welfare of his people.
Udurhie I flanked by gaily dressed cabinet members thanked the Supporters club for finding him a worthy patron.
The revered traditional ruler promised to use his position and resources to support Nigeria Football at any level, he also called for a constitutional role for traditional rulers.
According to him, “Football is a unifying factor in Nigeria, when Eagles are playing, there’s no division but one Nigeria, so is the traditional institution because they are closer to the people.
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“In same vein, I call on the government to give a constitutional role to the traditional rulers, they know the people, when there’s peace in the kingdoms the state will have peace, same with the country.
“I will use my resources and position to support Nigeria Football, I also plead with well-meaning Nigerians and the government to give adequate support also”, he added.