Governor Wike sues for peace amongst Okrika Chiefs

Governor Wike sues for peace amongst Okrika Chiefs

Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has appealed for peace  among the  Traditional Rulers and  Chiefs  of  Okrika in Okrika Local government of Rivers State.

Governor Wike stated this at the unveiling of monument and banquet of the legend , King Ibanichuka( ADO VI) Amanyanabo of Okrika between 1816-1896, the last of Okrika’s sovereign rulers.

Represented by his  Chief of  Staff, Engr Chukwuemeka Woke, the governor urged the Okrika Chiefs to resolve their differences, so that they can take their rightful place in the state.

Governor Wike also said that  his administration believes  that the role of the traditional institution  cannot be over emphasized when it comes to governance.

He said: “Permit me to join the Chairman of the Rivers State Traditional Rulers Council to make an appeal for peace. I am here to say that the Rivers State Traditional Council is missing  its very important branch.

“Whatever is the disagreement, please work towards making  peace, so that this  Kingdom   gets a representative  in the Rivers State Traditional Rulers Council .

“The role of traditional rulers in the promotion of good governance cannot be over-emphasised. Therefore, the present  administration  will continue  to promote a robust relationship  with  traditional  rulers.”

On the achievements of  King Ibanichuka the sixth, Governor Wike said practically all that was said about King Ibanichuka is what his administration is doing by providing amenities, facilitating commerce, and protecting the integrity of the kingdoms.

He said: “So it is in the understanding of this,  that the present administration enjoys a robust relationship with the  Rivers State Traditional Council,  we  have provided  every logistic support that is required to ensure the full functioning of the council”.

The occasion was attended by Traditional Rulers from different parts of the state. The Chairman of the Rivers State Traditional Council, King Dandeson Jaja, the Amanyanabo of Opobo also sued for peace amongst the Okrika Chiefs.