Warri - Former president Goodluck Jonathan has tasked
traditional rulers to ensure peace in their domains.
Jonathan gave the advice on Tuesday during the official
presentation of Staff of Office to the monarch of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Oboro
Gbaraun 11 Aketekpe, Agadagba, Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom.
The ceremony was performed in Oporoza, the administrative
headquarters of Gbaramatu Kingdom.
The king, who is the 26th Pere of Gbaramatu kingdom,
ascended the Royal Stool on March 15, 2016.
The former president said that no meaningful development
could be achieved in an atmosphere of rancour.
”There cannot be development without peace so it is the duty
of the traditional rulers to ensure that peace reigns in their communities,” he
Jonathan said that he was quite impressed with the level of
peace in Gbaramatu despite the perception outside that the kingdom is volatile
”Today we are all happy, the way we hear of Niger Delta and
indeed Gbaramatu, you may think that people cannot gather together here
peacefully,” he said.
Jonathan urged the people to support the new monarch to
enable him have a successful reign.
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Also speaking the Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa said
there was no alternative to peace.
He expressed joy at the different ethnic nationalities
present at the ceremony saying that his government was committed to entrenching
unity among the diverse ethnicities.
The governor also urged the people to only agitate in a
constructive manner by way of embracing dialogue.
He said that his administration was committed to developing
the riverine communities.
”It is time to start embracing peace. We need to stay
together to move forward as a state and as a people.
”We need to start showing our presence in the creek and the
only way we can do that is for people to create the right atmosphere to
”If after two years you do not begin to see changes, you can
hold us responsible,” he said.
The monarch, Oboro Gbaraun 11 said he would build bridges of
understanding with all the neighbouring ethnic nationalities to engender
Highlight of the event was the presentation of staff of
office to the king as well as a boat regatta by various Ijaw communities in the
Mr Kingsley Otuaro, Delta Deputy Governor, Mr Monday Igbuya
Speaker, Delta House of Assembly attended the ceremony.
Others were: traditional rulers from Urhobo, Itsekiri, Ijaw
nations, members of the National and Delta House of Assembly, Commissioners,
Clergymen and representatives of US Consulate among others.
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