Rivers State Governor and Chairman of the Nigeria’s Governors Forum, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has called on the people of Akpor Kingdom to vote out the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and Chief Nyesom Wike in the 2015 elections for allegedly desecrating the Akpor Kingdom, a strong hold of the Ikwerre ethnic nationality in the state.
Amaechi stated this Weekend when he paid a courtesy call on the-Ali Akpor Kingdom, His Royal Majesty Eze (Ambassador) A. A. Orlu Oriebe and at the Launching/Foundation stone laying of the proposed Akpor Traditional Centre at Ozuoba in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state.
He said, the unholy collaboration between supporters of PDP and Chief Nyesom Wike, the PDP governorship flag-bearer to perpetuate the molestation of the Nyenwe-Ali stool in Akpor Kingdom currently under the kingship of Eze Orlu Oriebe with thugs and police, at the time when Mbu Joseph Mbu was Commissioner of Police was practically illegal and an act of disrespect to the traditional stools and elders of Ikwerre land.
According to him, “The All Progressives Congress, APC and my government will no longer hear and tolerate that you are molested by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. They only succeeded in molesting you during the time when Mbu Joseph Mbu was Commissioner of Police. But, now, it is time for the people of Akpor kingdom to allow the Riverine people of the State produce the next Governor in 2015 and I am sure you will honour this request”, Amaechi said.
He also promised to recognize traditional stools in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area before the expiration of his tenure in May, 2015.
“On my table, there are so many requests for the recognition of traditional stools. I know that the Akpor kingdom occupies a high place in the Ikwerre ethnic nationality. Your people have a duty to protect the people occupying the traditional stools. Mgbueto stool will be recognized for the benefit of the people in that kingdom in Obio/Akpor”, Amaechi said.
The Governor further urged the people of Akpor kingdom to brace up and massively mobilize for the All Progressives Congress, APC in the 2015 elections as his administration is making frantic efforts to fix the Ogbogoro road soonest, adding “You must start now to build APC and massively mobilize for the party ahead of the 2015 election”:
He said I have done enough for the people of Akpor kingdom. My administration fixed the Ozuoba-Choba road. I even awarded 14 classroom blocks to Nyesom Wike at the cost of N112 million each. But, as you can see, he has not built even a building. He worships money, while I worship God. President Goodluck Jonathan does not like us, that is why we must vote out PDP and Jonathan back to Otuoke. I have developed Ikwerre people, even Nyesom Wike. I will not stop calling them thieves. My administration gave Nyesom Wike, the contract worth N2 billion to construct Eneka road and he disappeared with the funds”, Amaechi added.
He also mentioned that his administration has paid all outstanding salaries, assuring that payment of December salaries to workers will commence on 23rd and 24th to enable workers proceed for the Christmas celebrations.
Earlier, the Nyenwe-Ali Akpor kingdom, HRM Eze Orlu Oriebe, while acknowledging Governor Amaechi as the First Executive Governor to visit his palace, urged Governor Amaechi, to remain a guiding hand to Rivers people by sustaining the current dividends of democracy in the state.
The Monarch said, “I appeal to you and wish to state categorically that, no amount of intimidation, suppression that will make me deviate from supporting Governor Amaechi. I have been facing a lot of opposition from the PDP. Thank God, Governor Amaechi has upgraded the Akpor stool to 1st class stool. Please, also consider other neighbouring communities.”
Eze Oriebe further maintained that with an Akpor traditional centre, the tradition, culture and artifacts of the kingdom will be preserved.
“I want to create history and as my Governor, I want you also to make history by launching and engaging in the Foundation Laying Ceremony of the proposed Akpor Traditional Centre. Time has come when we should have Akpor traditional centre where our artifacts and documents would be preserved. And after me, those to inherit the stool will begin from there”, Eze Nyewe-Ali Akpor said.
Also speaking, the CTC Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Dr Lawrence Chuku, said, he is optimistic that the proposed Akpor Traditional Centre will serve as an administrative Centre of the Akpor Kingdom where useful decisions are made by the people.
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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