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Stay Off Politics, Rivers Govt Warns Monarchs

Posted: Jun 27, 2015 at 2:49 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Daniel Abia  – Port Harcourt


Traditional rulers in Rivers State have been warned to refrain from involving themselves partisan politics since it is not be in the interest of the traditional institution for them to be politicians. 

Governor Nyesom Wike who handed down the warning also directed the traditional rulers to promote security in their respective localities.  He threatened that the recognition of traditional rulers with preponderance of insecurity in their area will be withdrawn.

According to the governor, “I will not advise traditional rulers in the state to be politicians.  It is not in your interest. I want to tell you that things that were not done right will be rectified.”

He regretted that during the electioneering campaigns, some traditional rulers became partisan to the extent of being involved in daily campaigns for a political party.

Governor Wike decried the situation where some traditional rulers due to political consideration refused to attend a meeting with former President Goodluck Jonathan, who is a son of the Niger Delta.

“When traditional rulers come out openly to be campaign managers, printing campaign leaflets for politicians, it reduces their traditional stool.

“Traditional rulers should not discriminate against political parties.  They are expected to receive every politician and bless them,” he said.

The governor lamented the balkanization of the traditional stools in the state, saying that the administration will address the illegal actions of the former administration.

He said: “Just imagine a situation where a traditional ruler takes up advertorial in the newspapers to promote a political interest.  This is wrong.”

Speaking further, Governor Wike said “All traditional rulers must work on security in their communities.  Without security, it will be difficult for us to concentrate on governance and development.

“All traditional rulers should cooperate with the government to promote security in all communities.”

Chairman of the State Council of Traditional Rulers, HRH Godwin Giniwa assured the governor of the cooperation of the traditional rulers in the promotion of security and the development of the state.

He apologised on behalf of the traditional rulers over the political actions of some of the paramount rulers.

The meeting between the traditional rulers and the governor attracted traditional rulers from all local governments of the state.