How the ‘Tor Tiv’ of Port Harcourt threatened Rivers traditional rulers
Governor Nyesom Wike has threatened to dethrone traditional rulers who are unable to live among their people.
Wike who was dressed as a traditional titled man from the Tiv tribe in Benue spoke Wednesday at Ahoada while flagging off the construction of a satellite campus of the Rivers State University.
The Governor also threatened to seize residences in Port Harcourt belonging to natural rulers if they do not retreat to their areas to man matters of traditional administration.
“Nobody wrote exams to be a traditional ruler”, Governor Wike said on live television, warning that any traditional ruler could be removed from office at anytime.
“You people accuse me of putting everything in Port Harcourt “, the Governor quipped, “Why won’t I?”
He said the level of rural urban migration has put a lot of pressure on the State capital, resulting in the congestion of the area.
Wike observed that he has been forced to embark on a decongestion plan in the State capital which is consuming a bigger slice of state funds.
While urging the people to remain in their localities, the governor said the State Government is bent on opening up the grassroots through citing development projects that would stimulate rural economies.
He warned cultists in the area to desist from their ignoble activities or risk facing liquidation.
Wike noted that there is a notorious criminal in the Ahoada axis who has killed so many people, but he said that the day of the killer gangster would come.
The Governor who has been on the trail for weeks now have been touring parts of the State.
At Emohua and Ahoada where he flagged off the construction of satellite campuses, Wike showed respect for the people.
But in Etche Wike again brought up the issue of votes cast and spoke in such derrogatory manner to Etche leaders who were present.
“Where is the Onyeshi Etche? Is he here?”, Wike asked before he launched his diatribe.
He openly chastised Etche people who had given him a narrow margin of victory over Biokpo Awara of the AAC for the volume of votes he got and declared the Etche people must come to a roundtable over 2023 before his administration could start work on the Chokocho-Okehi-Okpala Road.
He acknowledged that the decision to build a campus that would host the Faculty of Agriculture was sequel to plea made by the Etche America Foundation as well as the Ogbako Etche.
Governor Wike who made no commitment on the Chokocho-Okehi-Okpala Road which means so much to the average Etche man said he was returning to the local government area on the 15th of June, 2021, to commission a completed road project.
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