By Arogbonlo Israel.
The people of Kogi state anxiously await official confirmation of the status of the Attah of Igala, Dr. Idakwo Michael Ameh Oboni II, following media reports that the revered monarch shifted his abode to be with his ancestors on Thursday, 27th August 2020.
However, here’s what you need to know about the highly revered monarch:
Idakwo Michael Ameh Oboni was born in 1948 and clocked 72 years this year.
He enrolled at the Saint Boniface Primary School Idah and completed in 1960.
He was admitted at Saint Augustine College Kabba in 1961 and graduated in 1967.
He joined the Airforce in 1968 and was discharged in 1974 on his request.
The Attah Igala worked briefly at the Ministry of Lands in the then old Kwara state as land inspection officer from 1974 to 1975. He resigned in 1975 and proceed to Kaduna Polytechnic in 1976 to study Estate Management and graduated in 1980.
In 1981, he took up appointment with the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) and retired in 2006 as a deputy director.
He was the first Attah in history to stay with one wife. In his words, “I have chosen to stay with one wife because one wife is even too many. I am the first Attah in history to stay with one wife and I am comfortable with that,” quoted from PUNCH August 26, 2017 edition.
He was appointed into office on Wednesday, March 6 2013 by the former Governor of Kogi state, Idris Wada. The appointment followed the laid down procedure according to the Igala Native Law and Customs as it relates to the selection and appointment of a successor to the throne of Attah Igala.
His Royal Majesty, Dr. Michael Oboni never grew up with his parents; he grew up in the Catholic mission where he completed his primary and secondary school respectively.
He’s blessed with children and grandchildren.