The traditional ruler of Umudiawa Ohuhu Ancient community in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State, His Royal Majesty, Eze Nnamdi Ofoegbu has reacted to a viral video that shows Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State mocking traditional rulers.
In the viral video, Wike was criticising traditional rulers and threatening to depose them for failing to attend a meeting with their staff of office.
The governor said going forward he wouldn’t tolerate any traditional rulers coming to see him without their staff of office.
He also berated the traditional rulers for clapping when he announced that a bill sanctioning people who parade themselves as traditional rulers without being recognised by the governor would be sent to the state assembly.
Wike went further to pick on the traditional ruler of Omuma, King Onyekachi Amaonwu, whom he said was shaking his head while he was speaking.
“Stop shaking your head! You!You! you are one of those who are causing problem. They gave you chieftaincy, you’re a young boy you don’t know what to do with it and then when I am speaking you’re shaking your head like this,” Wike said.
“All fake! fake! Causing problem everywhere. He will just go and wear something bigger than him, you will think he is an elderly man. I remember when I was in school, he was running around.”
Wike…..Intents are good but mannerism is poor. Speaking to his traditional rulers and cabinets in this manner in a televised conference. pic.twitter.com/w9Knk8V2Ei
— Lawrence (@lawrenzez) January 15, 2020
While others hailed him for having the courage to caution the traditional rulers, others chided him, describing his action as disrespectful.
But, Eze Ofoegbu, in his reaction on Saturday in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, advised the controversial Rivers Governor to desist from insulting the revered traditional stools as that may attract the wrath of the gods.
“It is not advisable for the Traditional Rulers be going to meetings with their “Staff of office”.
“Governor Wike, this is very wrong of you and unacceptable to have commanded your Royal kings to stand up before you with their staffs of office.
“This character may draw you to your early grave.”