Sekibo Laments Politicisation Of Wakirike Chieftaincy Institution

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L-R: Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, Cross River State Governor, Prof Ben Ayade, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal and Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, during a meeting of PDP national leaders in Port Harcourt, recently.

The former Senator representing Rivers East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator George Thompson Sekibo says the Wakirike chieftaincy institution had become too politicised and unduly polarised thereby reducing focus on the very purpose for which the institution was established.
Sekibo made this observation while delivering a paper titled, “The Deployment of New Models and Strategies for our Greater Development” at a one-day Wakirike Sekobiria 2018, held at the Ogu Multi-purpose Hall, last week.
The lawmaker, who was one of the keynote speakers, said the institution had been enveloped by several leadership crises, sometimes leading to facitionalisation with each faction claiming right, adding that often times, such crisis lasts for decades without reconciliation.
He noted that such factions and claims of right usually required legal interpretation as they head to the courts for adjudication, and noted that the chieftaincy institution needs to regain her respect and honour that was the dream of the founding fathers.
“In the good olden days, the Amanyanabo order is a law and the council of chief’s pronouncement is a command that must be obeyed. Today, the world has changed, logical thinking has occupied the centre-stage of every national activity such that every issue required a positive and probably logic to make people accept it”, he further posited, pointing out that he is not recommending the scrap of the chieftaincy institution but to expand it for more people to be involved in the decision making process.
According to him, a larger gualitative participation would achieve more for development and reduce suspicion among among the people and also restore and sustain confidence in the chieftaincy institution.
Sekibo reiterated that governance and effective leadership is to serve the welare and security of the people, and described the summit as an avenue for all to brainstorm on every topical development issues and share from our wealth of experience.

By: Collins Barasimeye