Gov Rochas Okorocha of Imo has banned traditional rulers in the State from speaking in English at official functions and while conducting affairs at their palaces.
Okorocha gave the directive while handing over letters of recognition and staffs of office to 19 newly recognized traditional rulers in the State in Owerri on Tuesday.
He directed that every monarch must only speak in Igbo at functions and in their palaces, adding that interpreters could be employed if the need arises.
The governor said this was in a bid to ensure that the Igbo language did not die as predicted in some quarters.
He also told traditional rulers in the state to be agents of peace, progress and prosperity in their respective domains instead of being tools of disunity and destabilization.