- Rivers governor Wike witnessed the coronation ceremony in Okochiri
- Former minister of transportation Abiye Precious Sekibo was also present at the event
- Both men urged the new king to unite the people of the area and avoid actions that break apart the people
Former Niger Delta militant leader Ateke Tom has been crowned as the new Amanyanabo of Okochiri town.
Vanguard reports that Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, who witnessed the coronation on Saturday, November 25, implored his HRM King Ateke Michael Tom (JP) to continue to invest in the sustenance of peace in Okrika and not allow himself to be used to disunite the area.
Wike said: ”Let me on behalf of the Government and people of Rivers State congratulate King Ateke Michael Tom, Amanyanabo of Okochiri Kingdom. With what you have seen here today, it is a clear testimony that you are loved by your people.
“That is why it is good for each and everyone of us to defend the interest of our people at any given time , so that your people will honour you at the appropriate time. Today, because of what you have done for this kingdom, the people have called you back home to come and be their new king.
“I want to proclaim by the Special Grace of God and by the powers conferred on me as the Rivers State Governor, Government of Rivers State will recognise this Amanyanabo of Okochiri town. What that means is that we will invite you to Government House, so that we present to you certificate of recognition.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported earlier that a group of elite Niger Delta stakeholders enlisted support for the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, reassuring of its readiness to work with him to succeed.
The group, at a consultative meeting with agitators, and presided over by three leaders of the Niger Delta struggle—Timi Ogoriba, Mike Loyibo and Famous Daunemuagha—passed a vote of confidence on the Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), led by Edwin Clark.
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