The crisis in the oil rich Kula community in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State, has taken a new twist as chiefs and stakeholders in the community have called for the immediate dethronement of the Amanyanabo of the kingdom, HRM, King Kroma Eleki.
Speaking to newsmen in Port Harcourt at the weekend, some stakeholders and traditional rulers in Kula community accused the monarch of holding the community to ransom through abuse of power and called on the state governor, Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi to strip him of his title in the interest of peace in the area.
A stakeholder, Alapuye Igkikis, accused the Kula monarch of breaching the existing agreement in the election of compound leaders in Kula, which he said, was based on nomination and election for a tenure of two years.
He said the monarch imposed his cronies on the community to stay beyond the stipulated tenure of two years contrary to the existing order.
Igbikis, a former compound leader in the community stated that the various compounds and traditional rulers in Kula had resolved and written to the local government to the acting chairman to intervene in the matter after which the acting chairman of AKULGA, Hon Stanley Benibo called for a meeting inviting all compound leaders and traditional rulers in Kula, but the Amanyanabo refused to attend.
He said it led to the decision of the acting local government chairman to dissolve existing structures in Kula in the area.
Also speaking, another traditional ruler in the community, Chief David Emineye-Orlu II, attributed the festering crisis in Kula to abuse of power by the monarch.
Chief Orlu, the immediate past secretary of Kula Council of Chiefs, said the deliberate absence of the monarch from the meeting called by the council authorities was an indictment on the monarch over security breach.
He appealed to the state governor to remove him from office and save Kula from drifting into anarchy.
When contacted, the Acting Chairman of Akuku-Toru Local Government Area, Hon Stanley Benibo, said the dissolution of the existing structures in Kula, was based on wide consultations with the community to avert security breach allegedly perpetrated by the monarch and his cronies.
He noted that various council chairmen in AKULGA, had alerted the Rivers State Government of the abuse of power by the Kula monarch but the royal father was adamant to the voices of the people.
The acting chairman said he would not renege in his role as the chief security officer of the council and condone anarchy and lawlessness in the area.
He further accused the monarch of embezzling N35million meant for 40 housing unit allocated to Kula by the Ministry of Niger Delta and sponsorship of cult activities which resulted in the arrest of the monarch in a case that is pending at the State Investigation Burean (SIB).
It would be recalled that the Kula monarch had in a press conference, accused the acting chairman of AKULGA of high handedness in the dissolution of existing structure in Kula, which he said was his prerogative as a royal father.
The Kula monarch also described the decision of the acting chairman AKULGA as “provocative and devised to erode his traditional powers”.
Obasanjo, Abdulsalami, Sultan, Others Brainstorm On Insecurity
Rising insecurity and agitations for secession by different ethnic groups across Nigeria has attracted the attention of elder statesmen and other national leaders to a meeting in Abuja.
The meeting was organised by Interfaith Initiatives for Peace jointly led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, and Emeritus Cardinal John Onaiyekan, and the National Peace Committee chaired by Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd).
Reporters were barred from taking part in the closed-door meeting, expected to proffer solutions to the ongoing security challenges threatening the peace and unity of the country.
It was also an exploratory meeting on pressing issues of national unity, security, peace, integration, economic revitalisation and development, women and youth welfare and general progress.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd); Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar; Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi; Tor Tiv, Prof Ortese Iorzua James Ayatse, Emeritus Cardinal John Onaiyekan; President General (Ohanaeze Ndigbo), Prof George Obiozor; and Afenifere leader, Ayo Adebanjo; were all in attendance.
Others sighted at the meeting are President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba; CAN General Secretary, Joseph Daramola; JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede; Etsu Nupe, Yahya Abubakar; former Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe, among several political and traditional rulers at the meeting.
Elder statesmen, Chief Edwin Clark, also attended the event at the Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, but could not participate in the meeting because he could not climb the staircase to the meeting room.
Fighting Corruption Difficult In Democratic Setting, Buhari Laments
President Muhammadu Buhari says fighting corruption in democratic setting is a difficult task to accomplish.
The president disclosed this during an interview with Arise Television which was televised, yesterday.
According to him, the war against corruption has not been easy for him since he became a democratically elected president six years ago.
He, however, stressed that his administration had succeeded in easing out corrupt public officials without making noise about it.
Buhari recalled that much was achieved in the fight against corruption when he was military Head of State in the early 80s “when a lot of people were sent to prisons before I was also booted out”.
The president frowned at the way and manner local government system was being managed, saying the local government administration was almost non-existent in the country.
He cited situation where state governors continued to starve the local governments of funds saying “in a situation where N300million is allocated to local government and they are given N100million is not fair”.
On activities of bandits and kidnappers particularly in the North-West and North-Central zones, Buhari said he had given the police and Armed Forces the instructions to be ruthless with bandits and vandals terrorising innocent citizens across the country.
He stated that he had told the security agencies to treat bandits and other criminals in the “the language they understand.
“Problem in the north-west; you have people over there stealing each other’s cattle and burning each other’s villages.
“Like I said, we are going to treat them in the language they understand.
“We have given the police and the military the power to be ruthless. You watch it in a few weeks’ time there will be difference.
”Because we told them if we keep people away from their farm, we are going to starve. And the government can’t control the public.
“If you allow hunger, the government is going to be in trouble and we don’t want to be in trouble.
“We are already in enough trouble. So, we warn them sooner than later you’ll see the difference,’’ he said.
On farmers/herders clashes, the president said the problem had persisted because old cattle routes and grazing areas had been violated by development, adding that those who had taken over such traditional arrangements would be dispossessed.
On the fight against insurgency, Buhari dismissed the assertion that majority of Boko Haram members were foreigners.
According to him, the majority of the Boko Haram members are Nigerians, saying this was further corroborated by Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum.
The president stated that his administration had done a lot to fight the terrorists and insurgents but the problem in the “North-East is very difficult.”
Igboho Declares June 12 Day Of Protest, Warns Buhari
Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has declared June 12 as day of protest for Yoruba nation agitators.
The self-acclaimed Yoruba activist said the agitators will hold ‘peaceful rallies’ across the South-West region on Saturday, June 12.
Igboho, who spoke through his spokesman, Olayomi Koiki, in a live video programme aired, last Wednesday night, called on South-West governors to cooperate with the peaceful protesters during the exercise.
He warned the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration not to attack the agitators.
He said, “Let us warn the Federal Government that if there is bloodshed this weekend, the international community is watching, if the military kills any Nigerian this weekend, it is going to be very hot.
“The Yoruba nation rally will go ahead in every part of Yoruba land and the rest of the country where it will hold.
“Red alarm will begin on Friday. People should stock up food Items from Friday night.
“We are not backing down this weekend; we are ready to take back what belongs to us.”
He also enjoined agitators to ‘fast’ on Friday.
This is coming after NANS under the leadership of its National President, Comrade Sunday Asefon, had declared June 12 as National Day of peaceful protest to call on the government to act decisively towards addressing insecurity.
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