Longest reigning traditional who has reigned for 42 years dies at 81

The longest reigning traditional ruler in Ebonyi State, ‘Agaba Idu II of Izhia Kingdom’ Israel Chibueze-Agbo, has died.

The deceased was the father of Ebonyi governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) 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 in Ebonyi State and a first-class monarch.

Chibueze-Agbo’s death was announced by his first son, Mr. Chinedu Chibueze-Agbo, on behalf of the family and the Izhia Council of Chiefs at the palace in Izhia on Tuesday 1st September.

According to Chinedu, his father died peacefully in the early hours of Tuesday.

The monarch who died at the age of 81, ascended the throne in 1978 and reigned for 42 years as the ‘Agaba Idu II of Izhia Kingdom.

The family said that the burial of the late monarch would hold on the 28th of Sept, which is the day he was born.

“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 the 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.
“He lived for 81 years serving God and humanity before heeding the glorious home call and may his soul rest in peace,” Chinedu Chibueze-Agbo said.