Nwuche is Ekpeye's political leader, says monarch
Posted By: Bisi Olaniyion: January 02, 2017 (The Nation)

A traditional ruler in Rivers State, Eze Robinson O. Robinson, the Eze Ekpeye Logbo II of Ekpeye Kingdom, has said former House of Representatives Deputy Speaker of Chibudom Nwuche is the political leader of the Ekpeye ethnic nationality in the state.

The monarch publicly anointed Nwuche at his palace in Odiereke community in Ahoada West Local Government Area.

Ekpeye chiefs, elders, the elite, youths and students, led by Nwuche attended the ceremony where Nwuche was conferred with the revered traditional title of Esama Ekpeye Logbo (the Full Moon).

Pronouncing the former lawmaker the political leader of the Ekpeye, the monarch also described Nwuche as the eye of the ethnic nationality.

The monarch extolled Nwuche’s leadership qualities and his love for the Ekpeye.

He added that the former deputy speaker demonstrated these when he was in the National Assembly.

Robinson noted that despite his current non-political position, Nwuche still placed the development of Ekpeye among his priorities.

The monarch urged the Ekpeye to rally round the former lawmaker, who he described as reliable, trustworthy and the catalyst for renewing the ethnic nationality.

The monarch decried what he called the long and continuous neglect of the Ekpeye, Rivers third largest ethnic group, by the Rivers and Federal governments.

He said the Ekpeye was also the third in population, size and production of crude oil and gas sustaining Nigeria.

He added that the Ekpeye alone had been hosting two flow stations operated by the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) and Niger Delta Petroleum Resources (NDPR).

Robinson expressed surprise that no Ekpeye son or daughter had been appointed a minister, ambassador, permanent secretary, board chairman, director of ministries and industries, despite the fact that the ethnic group had highly qualified persons for such positions.

The monarch urged the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to address the alleged neglect by appointing Ekpeye indigenes into high positions to ameliorate their “suffering”.

Nwuche hailed the monarch for the sterling leadership he had been providing the Ekpeye since he ascended the throne.

The former lawmaker said the area had witnessed relative development, especially the monarch’s role in ending the recent security crisis when those he called misguided youths took up arms against the kingdom.

He recalled that the incident led to the killing of over 500 Ekpeye sons and daughters, the kidnap of many and the rape of several women.

The former deputy speaker thanked Robinson for managing the crisis, adding that the prevailing peace in the community could be attributed to his intervention.


 
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