Governor Wike advises Traditional Rulers on Militants
The Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Nyesom Wike has called on traditional rulers to be firmly in charge of their community and not succumb to the threats of militants within their areas of jurisdiction. The Governor gave the advise while addressing the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II; when the later visited him at the Government House, Port Harcourt, recently.
While urging traditional rulers not to allow militants to determine what happens within their community, the Governor Nyesom Wike noted that because the militants carry guns does not give the right to determine how the communities in the region should be ruled by the traditional rulers.
He declared: “Militants should not dictate what happens in communities. I am talking about traditional leadership. These days, you see all manner of people wanting to determine who becomes a traditional ruler because they carry guns. We must perform our roles and functions.” The governor further admonished the royal fathers to work in unity to advance the development of the geo-political zone, adding: “Traditional rulers from the South South should work together to advance the development of the region.
The Governor further stated: “The Oba of Benin and Amanyanabo of Opobo Kingdom should not be second class to anyone. Our traditional rulers must not be relegated by anyone and we should not see ourselves as second class citizens.” He also urged the traditional rulers to work with governors of the zone to determine areas that require developmental interventions.
His words: “When we interact, we point out areas that require the governors to develop and we can synergize for the good of the zone. We will work together to move the traditional institution forward. We also need the support of the traditional institution for the development of the zone.”
In his own remarks, the Oba of Benin, disclosed that he was in the Rivers State to consolidate the relationship between the people of the two areas adding that this was in line with the tradition established by his late father.
His words: “Following the footstep of my father who came on a thank you tour after his coronation, particularly when we recall his public service at Ahoada many years ago. Port Harcourt and Rivers State is indeed a second home,” he added.
The Benin monarch further stated: “I am here to strengthen the friendly relationship and close affinity of our people. History has it that some of the tribes here trace their ancestry to Benin. This includes the Ikwerre, Ahoada and Omoku people.”