The traditional rulers council in Anambra state, eastern Nigeria, has conferred the chieftaincy title of “Okwute” meaning Rock on Governor Peter Obi.

The chairman of the council and traditional rulers of Nnewi, Igwe Kenneth Orizu, led the team of 177 traditional rulers in the state to perform the ceremony in Awka on Saturday.

In an address, the Chairman of the occasion and traditional ruler of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe, said the honour was well deserved.

He noted that the Obi-led administration in the last eight years had been that of “peace, love, progress and blessing to Anambra people.”

Governor Peter Obi:  gets the 'Rock On' title

Governor Peter Obi: gets the ‘Rock On’ title

Achebe described Obi as a worthy son of Anambra who had served meritoriously.

In his acceptance speech, Obi thanked the traditional rulers for the gesture.

He recalled that he had earlier rejected the offer from several groups, saying that he did not want to collect it while in office.

The governor urged the people of the state to support the incoming administration, adding that he expected them to turnout en masse for the inauguration on Monday.