The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has hailed the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, on the conferment of a chieftaincy title on him by the Kalabari Kingdom, describing the feat as well-deserved.
In a statement signed by the Chairman, Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Kalabari Se-Ikpangi, Comrade Edward Asikitams, the umbrella body of Ijaw youths in the Niger Delta said the conferment of the title could not have come at a better time.
The statement reads in full: “I hereby wish to congratulate the Governor, Chief NyesomWike on his conferment as the Se-Ibidokibo 1 (He who does good things for Kalabari people) of Kalabari land. We are proud, irrespective of what blind and incurable cynics may say, to be associated with you and your gigantic developmental strides in Kalabari Kingdom. You are a rare gem and a blessing to our generation!
“The historic civic reception that confers on you as Se-Ibidokibo 1 of Kalabari Land was a grand event in which the cream of Kalabari Kingdom and people from other parts of the state and nation at large attended. The grandure of the event exuded the rich cultural heritage and appreciable hospitality of the Kalabaris.
“Let me start by appreciating the conceivers of this lofty idea and the organisers of this auspicious epoch-making occasion that was apolitical, yet unprecedented considering the presence of our illustrious sons and daughters, especially our own revered human rights activist, Ann Kio-Briggs who noted that Rivers State, though a complex place to govern, does not mean that the people do not love one another.
“Rivers people, particularly the Kalabaris, epitomise love, selflessness, unity and progress. Our level of magnanimity in supporting other Rivers sons and daughters in achieving their political aspiration knows no bound. This fact prompted the 1999 political scenario in Rivers State in which our Kalabari leaders anointed and sponsored a governorship candidate from the minority of the minorities due to the derive for oneness, unquantifiable love and brotherhood et al.
“Permit me to cite the words of our Leaders during this groundbreaking event that was held at the ancient town of Abalama in Asari-Toru Local Government Area.”
Former Vice Chancellor of the prestigious University of Port Harcourt, Prof. Nimi Briggs (Professor Emeritus), during the civic reception, said that “Kalabari people have enthusiastically, and with relentless vigor, contributed to the growth and development of Rivers State and Nigeria”.
Briggs further said that, “It is appropriate, and should be considered the right thing, for the Kalabari people to expect returns for the dues that we had paid”.
Chief BekinboDagogo Jack and Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs respectively, stressed that the Kalabari people are expecting our amiable Governor to reciprocate in his usual magnanimous gesture by ensuring that the Kalabari people are brought out from the political wilderness in 2023.
“Your Excellency, the well articulated aforementioned requests that were respectfully submitted by our erudite representatives are the genuine aspirations and yearnings of our people.
“Your Excellency, in your speech you explicitly pointed out that a part of the bane of development in Kalabari land is the issue of lack of unity. You further called for us to unite and have a formidable front that can help us to lobby for the governorship of the state.
“Sadly, we operate a political milieu in which a man would indicate interest in running only for many others in his community to decide to run for same political office, too. This is an element of division of our votes. We really need this sense of unity called for by His Excellency. It would.not be as usual!
“Obviously, it’ is only someone who dearly and genuinely loves us that can render such an incredible and profitable advice.
“Your Excellency, thank you for promising to award the phase two of the Trans-Kalabari Road Project. Believing that the aforementioned phase two will commence and possibly be completed before the expiration of your second tenure as promised. I pray for God to grant you the grace for expediency as observed in all projects you have assiduously executed in our dear state.
“Iwill continue to advocate for good governance, unity and lasting peace in synergy with traditional, political and opinion leaders that will attract more sustainable projects to our clan and Rivers State at large.For those politicising everything, it is proper to point out that politics is a game of “jaw-jaw” and not “war-war”. I strongly believe that Kalabari Kingdom has enough people of high profile that can properly articulate and direct us in our quest. Priority however demands that we must unite our individual interests for the common good of our people premised on the motto: You win, I win.”
2023: Nigeria Needs Clean Leaders-Expert
An environmental consultant in Rivers State, Pali- Alabo Maxwell Fubara has urged Nigerians to avoid those who are part of Nigeria’s rot while voting in the 2023 general elections.
Speaking with The Tide recently in Port Harcourt on the 2023 general elections and the place of good governance, Fubara said avoiding such people is a step towards rescuing the country.
According to him, Nigerians cannot afford to choose the next president from among those who have made a career of living in government since 1999, and expect positive changes in their lives in the country.
He said, “The truth is that some of those who have stayed too long in the status quo have become part of the corrupt system, and it is an illusion to expect corruption to fight corruption”.
Fubara, a former State Assistant Public Relations Officer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) argued that a corrupt system cannot fight corruption, and so the nation needs clean, God-fearing, and caring leaders with vast leadership expertise and exposure to emerge in 2023 from the past failures to break the shacles of the rot in order to move forward.
Fubara noted that either in the PDP, APC or other political parties, those whose only duty has been to change from one government office to another and have never done any other productive thing apart from squandering government and public funds, driving convoys of cars around that they do not fuel themselves, escorted by security paid for by government are far removed from the realities of Nigeria, and are therefore incapable of comprehending the urgency and depth of development Nigerians need currently.
“I laugh when I read about someone who has never set up even a barber shop in his or her life promising young people employment.”
These are people who do not understand how business run.
“ The solution to national security challenges, the unemployment problem, high cost of petroleum products and basic items requires new approach to handle, which those who have never paid for anything they consume in the past 23years running cannot understand.”
The image-maker who said that what attributed him to the people’s Democratic Party (PDP) was Governor Nyesom Wike’s belief that corruption must be crushed in Rivers State.
Ahead of the 2023 general polls, Fubara advised politicians, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the electorate to play the game based on level playing ground, where peace and tranquility would be sustained.
He enjoined them to see election next year as not a do or die affairs, rather do the needful by working towards better Nigeria “Our Founding Fathers Fought For”.
By: Bethel Toby & Oribim Ibama
Navy Rescues Seven Victims From Kidnappers
The Nigeria Navy has said it has rescued seven male victims who were abducted on May 10 by sea pirates off the coast of Bonny Island in Rivers.
The Tide’s source reports the seven passengers were transiting to Port Harcourt from Bonny when their commercial boat was intercepted and the victims abducted by pirates.
Commodore Suleiman Ibrahim, the Commander, Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder, Port Harcourt presented the rescued victims before newsmen on Tuesday at the naval headquarters in Port Harcourt.
He said the kidnappers, after intercepting the commercial boat, diverted it to an unknown location inside the thick swampy forest of the State.
“After the pirates kidnapped the passengers on May 10 along Bonny Channel, near Yellow Platform, we (NNS Pathfinder) immediately mobilised and started tracking to identify the abductors.
“Through intelligence gathering, we were able to identify one Mr Victor Padei, who intelligence revealed masterminded the abductions.
“Thereafter, we mobilised troops and stormed his camp (in Rivers). Unfortunately, by the time we arrived at the camp, Padei had already relocated with his victims.
“Padei knows the terrain very well and he deploys his local informants who give him information on the movement of troops”, he said.
Ibrahim stated further that reconnaissance was conducted to determine the whereabouts of fleeing abductors which revealed the suspects relocated to another camp in Bayelsa.
“Again, we mobilised personnel in collaboration with our naval base in Bayelsa to raid the kidnapper’s camp but unfortunately they have already relocated with the victims before we got there.
“However, intelligence later discovered another camp in Bayelsa where kidnappers held the victims against their will.
“Upon storming the kidnappers’ den, we applied pressure (force) and issued them (kidnappers) to release the abductees unconditionally.
“Subsequently, on the midnight of May 21, the seven victims were returned unharmed to us and they are currently with us,” he added.
The navy officer said troops were currently on the trail of Padei and his gang of kidnappers and assured of their arrest and prosecution in no time.
He called on members of the public to go about their legitimate businesses as the navy in collaboration with other security outfits has further secured the waterways in Rivers.
Narrating his ordeal, one of the rescued victims, Jude Ichikpro, 57, expressed gratitude to the Nigeria Navy for rescuing him and his fellow passengers from kidnappers.
The victim told the source that after their boat was intercepted, their abductors blindfolded and took them to an unknown area.
“We transited several hours by sea and later arrived at their camp which I am still not sure about the location.
“After we arrived at the camp, they gave us our phones to contact and inform our family members of our abduction.
“Thereafter, they demanded N350 million (N50 million each) for the seven of us to secure our release; threatening to kill anyone of us whose family did not pay their ransom.
“I was horrified and worried that I would be killed knowing that my family cannot raise such huge funds to secure my release. So, I kept praying fervently.
“The entire experience was horrific as they kept threatening us. I was overly worried knowing that my family cannot raise such huge sums of money to secure my release.
Ichikpro, a Delta State indigene, said that they were held for 12 days and fed with uncooked food; drank dirty and salty water and sometimes slept inside the swampy waters.
He said on the day of their rescue, he heard loud noise which he initially thought was from the villages shadowing the kidnappers’ den.
“But the sound became louder, and only then did I realise that it was from security men because I can hear their voices but I was terrified and confused at the same time.
“Moments later, some men came to where we were kept and requested for our identity. It was only then I realised that they were naval personnel.
Ichikpro said that the navy operatives later took them away for de-briefing.
“I am so grateful to God and the Nigeria Navy for coming to my rescue without paying even a Kobo ransom to my kidnappers,” he said.
2023 Presidency: Monarch Sues For Peaceful Conduct
A royal father in the Niger Delta, and the Mingi of Nembe Kingdom in Bayelsa State, King Edmond Dakoru, has urged the electorate in the South to maintain a peaceful disposition in the midst of provocation in the quest for a Southern President come 2023.
Dakoru, the former minister of petroleum, in an interview with aviation correspondents shortly on arrival, Wednesday, at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, observed that everywhere is tensed with the quest for a southern president.
He stated that no sacrifice is too small or big to make, if we want Nigeria to remain as one country, adding that any position that is good should not remain for one group.
“Whether the principle of zoning is enacted in Constitution or not, I think it’s ideal that it should be rotated between the North and South.
“We have actually operated in that principle. That is the principle that has kept us as one people since independence, and even the principle of national stread and Federal character.
“If a position is important enough, it should not remain in one particular section of country, and why dragging on and on for a long time on this southern president for 2023?
“Zone it to the southern part of the country, instead of raising political tension each time. The southern part will know where it is supposed to go among the three zones, and just leave them to decide.
“There should not be tension, no matter the provocation, but let the right thing be done. The unity of the country is important”, Dakoru said.
The royal father, however, noted that the size of any country matters, adding that Nigeria should not be fragmented, but should remain as one.
He also urged the electorates not to be misled by people who make provocative statements, saying that most of such people who make such statements, will run when they see crisis.
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