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Amaechi's Comment On Ateke: Ex-Minister, Abiye Sekibo Gives Insight Into Okochiri Kingship History

Former Minister of Transport, Dr Abiye Sekibo, has said that kingship in Okochiri Kingdom has a link with victories at various wars before one could be traditionally recognised as a King in the Kingdom.

Sekibo gave this insight during the Freedom/Independence Day celebration at the instance of King Ateke Tom, Amanyanabo of Okochiri Kingdom in Okrika Local Government Area, recently.

He pointed out that for one to become a King in Okochiri, such person must be a victor of wars as a proof of his ability to defend his people.

Dr Sekibo, who was also Secretary to Rivers State Government, described  Ateke Tom as the only traditionally recognised King in the area, stating that he deserved it, given the victories he had recorded in several struggles.

“Without the struggle of King Ateke Tom, there would not have been Ijaw President, today, the God of Israel has made him Amanyanabo of Okochiri Kingdom”, he said.

The Medical Doctor-turned politician, also expressed regrets over certain statement credited to the current Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi against King Ateke Tom, and called on him to tender an unreserved apology to the Okochiri King.

Also speaking, King Leslie N Eke, Eze Gbakagbaka, said that those in power at various levels of government should learn how not to insult the traditional institutions.

The King noted that traditional rulers were there to complement the efforts of Government and as such, should be accorded a high level of respect by all practitioners in the system.

King Eke said people must be aware of the difference between struggle and crime in order to be properly guided in their utterances.

The Eze Oha III of Evo Kingdom recalled that the struggle of King Ateke birthed Niger Delta Affairs Ministry and other benefits currently enjoyed in the area.

While applauding King Ateke Tom, fondly called Peace King, he said people must pay less attention to frivolities and think more on how to better the lots of their people just as The Sekuro 1 of Niger Delta was doing in his area and beyond.

It would be recalled that King Ateke Tom had fixed October 1 of every year as a day of freedom/peace celebration in Okochiri Kingdom.