Rivers: You’re Irresponsible For Insulting Traditional Rulers, Peterside Tells Wike


Governor Wike poses with the new Amanyanabo of Okochiri town, HRM King Ateke Michael Tom/Facebook.

Governor Nyesom Wike has demeaned traditional rulers in Rivers State, according to the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Dakuku Peterside in the 2015 election.

Concise News reports that a video clip of Wike lampooning traditional rulers and calling one of them a trouble maker has since gone viral.

Wike and the traditional rulers were at their quarterly meeting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital but Peterside in a statement, Wednesday, described the Rivers State leader’s action as “demeaning, unbecoming, irresponsible, despicable, unacceptable and unbefitting.”

According to him,  Wike’s action is an all-time low in the history of the state as he (Wike) could “insult, disgrace, humiliate and depose traditional rulers at will.”

He claimed: “Wike’s penchant for embarrassing traditional rulers is becoming irresponsible and shameful. Never in our history have we had such a disrespectful governor.

“Since 2015, Wike has sacked, deposed and withdrawn recognition from several royal fathers without any recourse to history, tradition and culture.

“Not too long ago, Wike threatened to depose the Amanyanabo of Kalabari, King Theophilus Princewill, just as he has severally lambasted traditional rulers as if they were his servants.

“Wike must be called to order. Well-meaning Rivers people must call him to order. He is turning himself into a feudal lord and an emperor at the same time. History is replete with his likes who ended up badly after turning themselves to tiny gods.”

He, therefore, warned Wike to “know that history is watching. Rivers people typically respect traditional rulers and traditional institutions. The governor must stop desecrating our traditional rulers and traditional institutions.”

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Emmanuel Egobiambu studied Mass Communication at the University of Benin, Nigeria. He is a writer, digital content strategist and new media apostle. Emmanuel was a reporter with Concise News.

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