Hon. Prince Chibudom Nwuche, former deputy speaker of Federal House of Representatives has urged Niger Delta leaders to focus on addressing the massive infrastructure deficits; mass poverty among the citizenry and consequent insecurity, rather than expend energy fighting and witch hunting one another in order that they can be the only ones to be reckoned with in the power equation.
He alluded to the open fights between some leaders and the clandestine undermining of other leaders by some who feel favoured. He lamented a situation where Niger Delta people are denied participation in ministries and parastatals under the watch of some of their leaders just because such leaders are not comfortable with the profiles of other leaders.
The former deputy speaker maintained that nobody, no matter how powerful, can exclude every one he doesn’t endorse from participation in the political process.
He made the assertions while addressing news men on the side lines of the installation of the new Eze Igbu Upata the 3rd, Eze Felix Otuwarikpo.
Hon. Nwuche had held the Owhor and managed several aspects of the Upata tradition for the past five years after the demise of his father, HRH Eze Clifford Cheta Nwuche, Eze Igbu Upata the 2nd.
He handed over the Owhor to the Upata people after traditional rights were performed at his ancestral home in Ochigba.
The colourful occasion which held at Edeoha was attended by several dignitaries where the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike was the special guest of honour.
Governor Wike, at the ceremony called for peace in the Upata area and advised the youths to shun violence as there can be no development without peace.
He also urged traditional rulers not to get involved in politics, but endeavour to bring all their subjects together.
Highlights of the occasion was Governor Wike’s elevation of the Upata stool to first class, just as he remarked that late Eze Nwuche, during his lifetime had fought tirelessly with out success for the elevation of the stool because past governors of the state were not disposed to answering his prayers for political reasons.
Governor Wike, who commissioned the Edeoha, Ikata, Ochigba road constructed by his administration, after past leaders had severally awarded and abandoned for alleged political reasons, also promised to execute more projects in the area.
Responding, Prince Chibudom Nwuche commended Governor Wike for the elevation of the stool that his father had so tirelessly fought for, and for honouring his memory even as he regretted that past administrations refused to do the needful for political reasons.
He urged Niger Delta leaders to eschew pettiness and victimising perceived opponents and playing God. “This is responsible for the under development of the Niger Delta region and the poverty and unemployment of her youths “, he said, while urging the people to confront and condemn such leaders and not support their political ambitions as it will only further compound their hardship.
The former deputy speaker said he will maintain his friendships across party lines, and not see politics as a do or die affair as some short sighted politicians in the region are doing.
He urged politicians who intend to run for elections to empower the people and not rely on bribing or coercing them during elections to vote for them, as the people will insist on free and fair elections where their votes will count and will not allow rigging.
He commended President Buhari for his steadfast leadership of the country and urged him to keep being a father to all Nigerians. (vigiltimes.com)