A warm smile they say is the universal language of kindness. This was displayed in abundance as king Appolus Chu paid a courtesy visit to the palace of Sa’peyi, the paramount ruler of Garki, Abuja.

HRH. Alh. Dr Usman Nga Kupi, the Sa’peyi of Garki, alongside his council of chiefs and the people received with excitement, drums, dances and praises on their onetime host and now a visitor king Appolus Chu, all the way from south-south to the federal capital territory, FCT.

The Sa’peyi of Garki expressed delight and appreciation to king Appolus Chu and his entourage for their visit. He presented gifts to king Chu and adorned him in their unique attire which signified that he has been accepted as one of their own. Adding that the warm welcome was to reciprocate the luxurious reception they enjoyed when they visited the palace of His Royal Highness, king Appolus Chu in Eleme, Rivers state.

The Egbere Emere Okori and Oneh Eh Nchia X of Eleme kingdom. HRH. King Dr Appolus Chu, who is known as an ambassador and advocate of peace, unity, coexistence, togetherness and building bridges among traditional rulers in Nigeria and beyond thanked Sa’peyi of Garki and his council of Chiefs for the homely welcome.

He enjoined the people to be loyal and respectful of their king to attract blessings, prosperity and development to their community.

He urged the people to bond and improve love and unity among themselves while commending their unbending support to the rulership of the kingdom.

He prayed that the peace & tranquillity in the kingdom will continue to grow.

Garki was one of the first neighbourhoods to be established when Nigeria’s capital was moved from Lagos to the FCT. It is one of Abuja’s principal commercial centres, many organizations including financial institutions and government agencies have offices located in the area.

By Hadiza Babakatcha.