Prominent indigenes and residence has raised concern over the query issued to the paramount ruler and Ohinoyi of Ebira Land by the Kogi State Government. The concerned personalities has cautioned the Government of Yahaya Bello to avert the intending crisis such query is capable of causing within the people.
In the query, the Monarch was accused of not attending the ceremony to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari to the State.
Indigenes and other members of the public seeking anonymity, confiding on KogiOnlineNg for fear of reprisal from the State Government observes that the query is politically motivated.
President Buhari had on 29th of December, 2022 paid an official visit to Kogi State, inaugurating some projects executed by Governor, Yahaya Bello.
Meanwhile, there had been an explosion on the day of President Buhari’s visit at the palace of the Ohinoyi in Okene, Kogi State.
The letter read, “It has been observed with serious concern that you have exhibited deliberate attitude and actions capable of bringing Kogi State and Ebira land in particular to grave disrepute. These actions are quite unbecoming of a revered Royal Father of your status.
“Specifically, you were aware through many fora of the glorious visit of Mr. President and Commander-in-Chief of Nigerian Armed Forces, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari to Okene on 29th December, 2022 to commission land mark projects executed by our dear Governor, His Excellency, Alh. Yahaya Bello. In a flagrant disregard to the persons and high offices of the President and the Governor, you bluntly refused to come out and receive the President at the designated venue rightly approved by the Executive Governor of the State.
“It might interest you to note that official courtesy demands that when a personality of a President occupying the highest office in the land is visiting or even passing through the State, the Governor and top Public Officers including topmost Traditional Rulers are expected to receive him as a mark of respect for him and the Office he occupies. It is on record that in time past, Topmost Traditional Rulers including the President, Kogi State Council of Chiefs do receive the Governor of the State on his return from critical missions undertaken on behalf of the State. But, you have chosen to disdain the office of the Executive Governor, and this time, you did it with effrontery before the number one citizen of Nigeria.
“This action of yours is an act of insubordination and disloyalty to the President and Commander-in-Chief of Nigerian Armed Forces, the Executive Governor of Kogi State and the entire Ebira nation as a whole. It portends grave danger to the Security of the State and laying bad precedence for Traditional Institution of the State.
“In view of the above, I have been directed to request you to forward a written explanation within 48 hours why disciplinary action should not be taken against you for these acts of insubordination and disloyalty. Oral explanations may be required from you when a panel is set up to study your case. It is expected that you will accord priority to the content of this letter, Your Royal Majesty.”
Some prominent Kogi State and Ebira indigene claims the query was an attempt to get back at the Ebira Monarch for supporting Kogi Central Senatorial Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Barr. Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan amidst threat from Governor Yahaya Bello.
The Governor had warned monarchs against receiving or supporting candidates from opposition political parties aside from his party.
He threatened that any monarch that receives candidates aside from the APC’s would deposed.
Calling on people to support Natasha’s ambition, the first class monarch had said, “My dear respectful citizens, I present to you my daughter, Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan.“She knows what she wants and when to get it. Go and take care of her as the only female in the contest. I am proud of her and want to have more of her in Ebiraland.“I believe in righteousness because righteousness exalts a nation, I believe in those who are doing the right things.“What you are doing is for good, I won’t respect anybody who is not doing the right thing. My mission and fulfillment is to have more of Natasha in Ebiraland for the whole nation to know who we are. I know what you went through to build your image.”