Sekibo, Ex-SSG, Ex-Minister Becomes Achin 3rd
For the people of Achin War Canoe House of Awolomebiri, Koniju Town, in Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State, the events of last week were extra-momentous as they rolled out the drums and made merry under the light of the mid morning sun and the sweet hazy harmattan breeze.
Not in recent history has a chieftaincy installation brought together such diversity of men and women of culture and politics. The installation took on the mix of a royal coronation and a political rally.
Not surprising though. The celebrant is a man of means, an erudite speaker, a medical doctor, a knight of the Methodist Church of Nigeria and one of the biggest politicians in the present despensation.
He is Sir. Dr. Abiye Samuel Precious Sekibo, former Special Assistant to Governor Rufus Ada George, former Secretary to the state Government and former Federal Minister of Transport.
Sekibo was stepping into the shoes of his fathers as Achin III, to lead the Achin War Canoe House, and also become a member of the Okrika Divisional Council of Chiefs, a cultural-cum political position that needs his panache and wealth of experience in the light of current realities.
The installation activities charged the Wakirike landscape with the Imunumunukpo and the Omuaru and Owu displays.
Under the chairmanship of a former member of the House of Representatives and also a chief, Barrister John Kalipa, the three-day event put together by the central planning committee was splendid and left sweet memories of the ancient town once referred to as Okrika London for its peace and serenity.
Speaking at the event, Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike commended the people of Okrika Local Government Area, for being peaceful and supportive to his administration.
He said the people have maintained the peace in the area which had been the focal point of his administration and enjoined them to keep up the spirit.
The State Governor also commended the people for admitting Chief Sekibo into the Okrika Divisional Council of Chiefs as the Chief and Head of Achin War Canoe House, stressing that Chief Sekibo would use his wealth of experience to support the people of Okrika.
According to him, the people will tap his experience from time to time as he would add value to the Okrika Division Council of Chiefs, and advised Chief Sekibo not to play politics with the honour done him.
Governor Wike stated that he has great respect for the traditional institution in the state, and stressed that they have a role to play by stabilizing the state with their positions.
He called on the traditional rulers to promote their culture rather than balkanizing the institution, and further charged them to respect the importance of their staff of office during official functions.
The Governor congratulated the Chief and Head of Achin War Canoe House, Chief Abiye Sameul Precious Sekibo, Achin III, and expressed excitement with the large turn-out of dignitaries from all walks of life.
Also speaking, the chairman of the occasion and Senator representing Rivers East Senatorial District, Senator George Thompson Sekibo noted that the installation of Chief Abiye Sekibo as Chief and Head of Achin War Canoe House will be beneficial to the people of Wakirike nationality as he will bring positive impact into Okrika Divisional Council of Chiefs (ODCC), and work with the Traditional chieftaincy institution in moving the area forward.
Senator Sekibo advised Chief Dr. Sekibo to be ready to defend the people and share their problems as he is now a General with a group of people in a war canoe house under him.
Earlier, Chairman of Okrika Divisional Council of Chiefs (ODCC), Chief Sunday Kalaowolo said that the traditional rulers and chiefs will continue to support Governor Wike, and hinted that the people would formally welcome honour him to express their joy over his second term victory.
Chief Kalaowolo who described Governor Wike as the “Millennium Governor,” stated that his projects and good works will stand the test of time.
Highlights of the day was the introduction of Chief Achin III to the Okrika Divisional Council of Chiefs led by Chief Zeb Isaac Obipi Ogulacha, while the Ibani Wari Owuogbo and Abara Dance Group of Grand Bonny thrilled the audience with their cultural display courtesy the Amanyanabo of Bonny, His Majesty, King Edward Asimini William Dappa Peppe III, Perekule XI.