Abe Flays Threats To Traditional Rulers
Former senator of Rivers South East Senatorial District, Senator Magnus Abe last Saturday criticized alleged attempts to intimidate and harass traditional rulers in the state.
Abe who was a guest of honour at the launch of “Destined to Rule”, an autobiography of the Amanyanabo of Kula kingdom, HRH, King, Sir (Dr) Kroma Amabibi Eleki (JP) Sara X IV, in Port Harcourt, said the traditional institution deserves greater respect for their role as custodians of the culture and customs of the people.
The Senator wondered why traditional rulers should be teleguided and singled out for punishment over insecurity in their domain.
“If that is the case, what happens to the DPOs and other security chiefs who are supposed to provide security and protection for the people”, Abe queried.
Senator Abe described the celebrant, King Kroma Eleki as a man of integrity, stressing that his reign as the Amanyanabo of Kula has brought massive and unequaled development to the kingdom.
Acknowledging the role he personally played as Secretary to the state government in facilitating the enthronement of the king during the long dispute that characterized the throne, senator Abe explained that he was guided by the need to ensure that justice, fairness and equity prevailed in the circumstance.
Abe also paid tribute to former Governor Chibuike Amaechi administration under which he served as the secretary to the State Government for his steadfastness in taking the right decision toward the installation of the Amanyanabo.
He described the book as a reference point for Kula people and a lasting legacy on the contributions of the monarch to the Kingdom, Rivers and Nigeria in generally.
On the disputed OML25, Senator Abe said oil companies in the region should not be totally blamed for the backwardness of the Niger Delta explaining that it the Nigerian government has failed to enact people-oriented legislations that would have protected the people and the communities, which gave the oil multinationals the leeway to carry out their operations without regard to the upliftment and welfare of the people.
The Senator also blamed the people of the region for creating the problems pervading the regions insisting that their attitude of always playing the victim card should be stopped.
Abe urged the people of the Niger Delta to take their destiny in their hands as a way of changing the narratives of the region.