Showing posts with label Okehi LGA. Show all posts
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May 21, 2018

Okehi 2019: Mr Spreading Advocates Special Care for The Needy

Okehi 2019: Mr Spreading Advocates Special Care for The Needy

Okehi constituency House of Assembly hopeful, Matthew James Avabee, popularly known as Mr spreading, has called for more supports for the poor and less privileged.

Mr. Spreading made the call during his birthday celebration with friends and political associates on Sunday at his Lekki, Lagos residence.

He asserted that Nigeria will be great if only we are all willing to help the less privileged in our midst.
“Another year has come and my hope is very high that I am beginning to see that sooner than man’s calculation I will be touching the sky.

“I’m a year older, but younger, stronger, healthier and fresher… The zeal and passion to salvage humanity and transform lives is eating deep into me the more I advance in age, and this makes me conclude that my time has fully come.

“I want to appreciate my dear followers and friends, my fans and colleagues, my Pastors and teachers, my leaders (elected or appointed), I appreciate the role each has played in the adventurous journey of my life.
“Well, I lost my father in the course of this journey, but all Glory to God who knows the best.
“I have nothing much to say on this special day of mine, than re-communicate my passion again and again with anyone reading this piece. I am talking about the people-driven project we, though existing for long, officially inaugurated for the past three years when we first launch the National Day of Humanitarianism in commemoration of my birthday nationwide.

“I want to encourage us to do more and more, for at the end of our lives, we shall not be measured by how much gold we acquire but by how many people we have been able to put smile on their face.
“I want to sincerely urge our leaders and those whom God has already allocated a portion of materials prosperity to key into this project for the collective development of our nation. For I foresee, that Nigeria will be great if only we are all willing to help the less privileged in our midst.

“For the past years, my attention has been concentrated on the people of Lagos and Ogun state, where God has helped us to equip some schools with computers, donate both hard and soft copies of thousands of books to schools, we have also been privileged to extend a hand of love to some orphans by giving out food items and toiletries to orphanages, while scholarships are dole out to students, prisoners as well are not left behind as our outreaches has brought to them, food items, relief and medical materials, clean and hygienic water outlets, clothes and books in Ikoyi prison in Lagos.

“But this year my heart draws closer to the people of my dear state, Kogi state and most especially the great and loving people of Okehi Local Government and the constituency at large. By the Grace of God, my people will hear from me immediately after this Ramadan period.

“We have nothing to boast of, for all things belongs to God, but left for me, I would love to see a world where everyone will smile and leave in peace and in that spirit, I dedicate this birthday of mine to the dedicate downtrodden masses out there and I promise to reach out to you as God will permit,” he said.
He commended his political leader, Engr. Malik Okino and other associates for their show of love.
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March 7, 2018

Gov. Bello Directs Arrest Of Suspects In Okene, Okehi, Adavi Violence

Gov. Bello Directs Arrest Of Suspects In Okene, Okehi, Adavi Violence

Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi has directed the arrest of suspects in the recent attacks on some political leaders in Okene, Adavi and Okehi local government areas.
In a statement in Lokoja on Tuesday, the governor said he would ensure that the perpetrators faced justice.

The statement, signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mrs Petra Akinti–Onyegbule, condemned the attack, saying it was unacceptable.

“The governor has since directed the relevant security agencies to ensure a thorough investigation into the allegations and bring the perpetrators and their sponsors to justice.
“This is irrespective of political parties or personalities involved,” she said.

According to her, the governor has raised a high-powered delegation led by his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Sadiq Ohere, to visit the victims to express government’s condolences to them.

“This is in pursuance of lasting peace and tranquillity in the land, and to reassure them of his commitment to ensuring the safety of lives and property of every resident of Kogi State,” Akinti-Onyegbule added.

She said that the special adviser had since commenced visits to the homes of those affected, including members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who were allegedly attacked, to give them support.

“This government will not condone any form of crime or violence in any part of the state, the government is responsible for the security of lives and property of all residents of Kogi, irrespective of political affiliation,” he said.

He said that perpetrating violence in the name of political support and thuggery was alien to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the culture of the people of the state.
The governor stated further that his administration would not condone any act of violence or attack against innocent and law abiding citizens.

He refuted allegations that the APC masterminded the violence and advised the PDP to stop playing to the gallery.

He assured the PDP and other political parties in the state that his government would never indulge in political violence, urging them to stop playing politics with security.
Bello appealed to people to embrace peace, unity, love for one another while going about their normal businesses without fear.

Violence erupted in Okene on March 3 during an empowerment programme sponsored by Senator Ahmed Ogembe.

It however escalated to Okehi and Adavi local government areas on Sunday during which hoodlums unleashed mayhem on political rivals in the areas.
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March 6, 2018

Resurgence Of Political Intolerance In Ebiraland: Violence Spreads To Okehi, Adavi

Resurgence Of Political Intolerance In Ebiraland: Violence Spreads To Okehi, Adavi

The  political violence that erupted in Okene area of Kogi State on March 3 has spread to Okehi and Adavi local government areas with many houses vandalized and several people injured.
Some of the victims of the violence told newsmen on Monday in Lokoja  that the armed masked men moved about in four vehicles  to attack them from late Saturday night  till  the early hours of Sunday, March 4 .

Seven houses and nine vehicles, including a motorcycle were vandalized by the armed  hoodlums, said to be numbering about 50.  Three persons were also injured by the attackers.

Among the victims were a two term member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Abdulkarim Salihu, Mr Jude Sule, the state Financial Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Chairman of the Okehi Local Government Chairman of the party, Mr Adinoyi Aroke popularly known as take over. 

Other victims include the immediate past council leader of Adavi Local Government, Hon. John Adebisis , Mr Yakubu Isiaka, the PDP youth leader in Okehi  who was attached in his house at Obangede and one other person simply identified as Haruna.
Both Isiaka and Haruna were among seriously injured by their attackers .

Narrating his experience, Salihu said that the attackers on arrival started  raining  stones on his house before jumping over the fence into the compound, saying that he immediately called the police who arrived promptly.

He said that the hoodlums vandalized four vehicles , including a Jeep and the aluminum windows and frames in the house.

Salihu, a one time Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on  police affairs said that the timely arrival of policemen saved him and members of his family from the attackers.
Sule, the state Financial Secretary of the PDP said that he escaped into a nearby house before the attackers arrived his house based on a tip off he received earlier from another victim.
He said that the attackers were able to get into his compound but could not gain entrance into the main building, saying that they vandalized the building , a motorcycle and also made away with a motorcycle.

Aroke, the PDP Chairman for Okehi Local Government said that his two vehicles and house were vandalized by the armed thugs.

He said that the hoodlums who came about 9:30 pm fired two gunshots into air to scare before descending on his house, saying that nobody was injured in the attack.

The victims said that they have reported the matter to the police. It would be recalled that the violence erupted in Okene at about 9am on March 3, when armed hoodlums invaded AFIMS Hotel, venue of an empowerment programme organized by Sen. Ahmed Ogembe.

Spokesman of the state police Command when asked about what was being done to bring the situation under control said that he would call back but never did till now.
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March 5, 2018

Why Muktar Adoke Will Deliver As Member Representing Okehi-Adavi Fed. Constituency

Why Muktar Adoke Will Deliver As Member Representing Okehi-Adavi Fed. Constituency

First and foremost, I have heard people say times without number that some leaders are born while some learn to be leaders. For me, I don’t if Hon Muktar Bello Adoke is a born leader or acquired leadership skills but I know why he will bring development to Okehi/Adavi federal constituency if nominated and elected.
For any body to succeed in any position he or she occupies, there are some basic things that he must possess to succeed that position. I call it basic because I have seen this things manifest in a man who have been voted as House of Assembly member.
You need honesty to succeed. Been open and truthful to the people who elected you and who you are leading is necessary as this will help them know the situation of things at all times and therefore support massively. When it comes to honesty, keeping a certain standard will also help the people to be honest with the leadership. Honesty has been a major attribute of Hon Muktar Bello Adoke.
A leader should be able to communicate effectively, he must be able to show and express the positive vision to others so they can see it, believe it and then follow it. Be able to communicate to the people, tell them the plan so everybody will be working towards achieving same goal. When I say communication, it also goes the other way: you must be able to listen well to your followers. This is another great attribute of Hon Muktar Bello Adoke. He listens and is able to communicate effectively when necessary.
A leader must show confidence at all times. This is a very severe part. You have to be confident in handling any challenges that comes; the young Hon Muktar Bello Adoke is one man full of confidence and is ready to use it to move Okehi/Adavi federal constituency forward.
Commitment is an attribute I so much envy in Hon Muktar Bello Adoke, this is the kind of lawmaker Okehi/Adavi federal constituency needs that will show commitment to his duties and obligations.
Creativity is another attribute. You have to be creative to be able to invent new things and ideas and also influence development to the constituency. He has shown creativity in many situations and I believe using this for our dear constituency, development is sure.
A leader must be able to take responsibility. A leader that does not want to take responsibilities has nothing to offer. Hon Muktar Bello Adoke who is already taking quiet few responsibilities through scholarship, skills acquisition, will take more responsibilities for the betterment of our great constituency.
A leader should be able to manage resources avoid wastage, use the resources for necessity. This is what Hon Muktar Bello Adoke is into as he has been able to manage business worth lot of funds successfully in the past.
It is time for us to take this bold step of development for Okehi/Adavi federal constituency. Let us support and nominate Hon Muktar Bello Adoke for House of Representatives to represent Okehi/Adavi federal constituency.
God bless you all.
– Mujahid Aliyu Abubakar Adeiza
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Ogembe Calls For Immediate Arrest Of Okene, Okehi Administrators Over Criminal Disruption Of Empowerment Program

Ogembe Calls For Immediate Arrest Of Okene, Okehi Administrators Over Criminal Disruption Of Empowerment Program

Senator Ahmed Ogembe representing Kogi central senatorial district has called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of Abdulrazak Mohammed and Abdulraheem Ohiare, the Administrators of Okene and that of Okehi respectively.

He said they are coordinators of killers squad being trained to harass, intimidate and unleash mayhem members of the opposition party in the central senatorial districts.
The senator said this in a statement signed  and made available to news men in Abuja on Sunday through his media Aide.

Ogembe reacted to the destruction of property and disturbances that followed the unsuccessful attempt to stop his empowerment program, which eventually took place despite initial attacks by thugs suspected to be loyal to the ruling party, All Progressive Party. (APC).
 The  senator said except the two Administrators are quickly made to face the law, the dangerous trend could continue, which is not safe for the people of Kogi Central.
“We are not only calling on security agencies to effect the arrest of the administrators of Okene and Okehi LGA, we are also asking for their prosecution because we have enough evidences to sue them to court.

“After they tried severally to stop the program from holding and were resisted by youths and team of Security men that were with me, the administrator of Okehi later in the night led same thugs to destroy houses and belongings of members of my party (PDP) and left many injured,” Ogembe said.
It should be noted that the administrator of Okene had issued two statements earlier in the day to suggest that the program would not hold.

Consequently, some local government appointees were seen in government official vehicles at the venue of the program with various assaulted weapons; destroying seating arrangements and vehicles,” the statement read.

The senator who said the security challenge forced him to make night trip back to Abuja due to threat to his life urged public to also hold the state government responsible should anything happen to him.
“It appears these boys has the support of the state government because 24 hours after this sad incident that was widely reported by media, no official statement has been issued by the government to condemn the act or caution these people,” he concluded.
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March 1, 2018

Okehi 2019: Constituent Writes Matthew James Avabee, Ask Him To Join Assembly Race

Okehi 2019: Constituent Writes Matthew James Avabee, Ask Him To Join Assembly Race

Dear Matthew Tunji Avabee Jnr.

With due respect to your highly esteemed personality, having considering the political happenings in Okehi local government, its high time to get involved and lead.

I have watched your person with keen interest in societal development and nation building devoid of rancor and acrimony among people. Your leadership record and experience are all that are urgently needed to transform Okehi constituency to a greater phase. Myself and some good people of Okehi need you at the Kogi State House of Assembly to effectively and efficiently represent the people of Okehi constituency.

This morning, as a patriotic citizen of Okehi local government, I am writing to you to look back at our constituency and come for our rescue. We are tired of poor representation in Kogi State House of Assembly.

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high; where knowledge is free; Where words come out from the depth of truth; Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection; Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit; Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action. Into that heaven of freedom, there will be a progress and development. My brother, you have the capacity. Let my constituency awake.

Towards Greater Okehi.
Yours respectfully,
– Amza Yakubu.
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February 13, 2018

Ruth Oyiza Zacheaus Distributes Writing Materials to Schools in Okehi

Poised to contribute her quota to educational and moral development in Kogi state, Ruth Oyiza Zacheaus, on Monday demonstrated this virtue as she distributed writing materials to students of selected public schools in Okehi Local Government Area of the state.

The gesture carried out under the aegis of “Roz Project,” her personal reach-out initiative benefitted the randomly selected public schools which include, Okehi Model Nursery and Primary School; Okehi Model Secondary School; Okehi Community Secondary School, Obangede, LGEA Primary School, Uhuodo; amongst others.

According to Ruth, educational development is a collective responsibility, and should not be left for the government alone.

“One of the fundamental rights a child should enjoy without any hindrance is quality education, and this is why I want to contribute my own quota to education. In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, the giving of love is an education in itself.

“I want to see that every child in every home has access to qulity education because as much as we call them leaders of tomorrow, without quality education, the future cannot be secured and there will not be a future to lead,” she said.

She further extolled the leadership examples of Hajia Rashidat Bello, and Hajia Abdulraheem, the wives of Kogi State Governor, and the Administrator of Okehi Local Government respectively.

While distributing the materials to the students, she charged them on the foundation of morals expected of them not only as students, but also as growing adults in the society.

She also promised to continue to sustain the bid to cater for the welfare of the students, assuring them of future advocacy visits.

The time out also featured counseling of students on general matters that affect their academic lives, affording them the opportunity to get understanding on vague issues.

Speaking on behalf of the other beneficiaries, Tijani Hanisat, a senior student of Okehi Model Secondary School expressed her delight, describing the gesture as the first of its kind in her school.

According to her, the students have been encouraged to be zealous about their academics.

Source Credits: Ebirareporters
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September 23, 2017

Obobanyi of Ohueta In Ihima, Installed With Pomp and Pageantry

Obobanyi of Ohueta In Ihima, Installed With Pomp and Pageantry

Obobanyi of Ohueta In Ihima
Obobanyi of Ohueta In Ihima
…Ihima, a town of three Obobanyis
By YJ Itopa.

Obe Obanyi(widely produced and spelt as Obobanyi) literally means a great hunter. In the distant past when hunting was done with with simple hunting implement, it was regarded as a great feat for a hunter to dare enter the forest and grassland to kill a stocky and large mammal like a biston (Buffalo).

Upon return from hunting such hunter would be appreciated with special salutation epithet like obe obanyi which means he was not a kind of hunter who entered the forest only to return home with partridges or Weaver birds.

In the course of time, the respected oboba nyi greeting became a title. The Ohueta clan of Ihima had such hunters whose feat eminently qualified them to take the title of Obobanyi of Ohueta.

According to the clan historians, none of any Obobanyis of Ohueta has ever sat on any throne other than the Obobanyi.

The clan had dismissed with a wave of hand any perceived ill feelings as to why they had applied to Okehi Area Traditional Council for the title of Obobanyi for the clan. That was the brief history of how the Obobanyi stool evolved.

Ohueta clan coronated a new Obobanyi.
After the death of a reigning Obobanyi, as tradition demands, the clan would wait until after a year before a new Obobanyi is installed. However the tradition is not rigid on the timing because certain circumstance can influence it.

Republican like the other Ihima clans, Ohueta has order in which the stool is mounted.The people rotate the stool among the sub clans that constitute Ohueta clan of Ihima.

The four sub clan are Ezi Obe, Ezi Ogun, Ezi Adesi and Ezi Adobe. For ease of administration and recognition each of the sub clans is sub divided into Ohueje.The arrangement is to ultimately satisfy the classless consciousness of the people. It also encourages a sense of belonging.

Using rotation principle, Ezi Adobe who is the youngest of the sons of Ohueta was the next in line to sit on the stool of their progenitor.

Now Adobe would rotate it to ohueje whose turn it was to feel the vacant stool. In the case of the current installation, ohueje ozoku which is the most senior ohueje was asked to produce candidate for the vacant stool. Other Ohueje in Adobe sub clan are Itutu Eba and Ezi Adorere.

After scaling through selection hurdles, the Obobanyi-designate would be distinguished by wearing a kind of neck ring fashioned out of the back of palm frond or fern called ‘nyanka’.The would-be Obobanyi will wear the nyanka for three months. This time he is no longer an ordinary person.

Thirteen days before the royal ceremony, a stone stool long turned up side down will be turned over.The ritual was meant to show that the clan is ready to enthrone a new monarch. This very moment, all the coronation relics of Ohueta clan would be moved to the house of Obobanyi designate.

One painful aspect of the Royal position is that the monarch is no longer permitted to see his mother. Asked to bare his mind, the newly crowned Obobanyi, HRH Omonori Suberu agreed  that it is not easy for man not to set his eyes on  his mother that is still alive. But he quickly said that he had since abode by the dictates of the tradition as the Obobanyi.

Ebira is not a typically patriarchal in its make up. When an Obobanyi is being installed the role of the mother is recognised. The Obobanyi designate will carry kola nuts to mother’s kinsmen for prayers.

Seven days to the occasion he would return with ram for more blessings. In the past the ‘omenyi’, the kinsmen of one’s mother would barb his hair. This practice is no longer religiously adhered to. The best they can do is to cut clump of hair from the nape and the forelock just to get them involved in the ceremony.

In the case of Obobanyi Omonori whose mother is from Emani clan, he necessarily skipped the hair scrapping and prayer ram presentation due to no fault of his.

On the Coronation Day
It was Saturday, September 16th, 2017 at Ohueta Ihima when Ohueta clan also known as Eziogu Ihima, with well wishers from within and outside Ihima trooped out in a great procession, snaking  through many streets in Ihima, with a masquerade called ‘Anayire’ leading the installation carnival.

Chief Omonori the Obobanyi designate at this moment is assumed to have got lost or disappeared and the festive crowd has the mandate to find him. Anayire masquerade which is believed to have the knowledge of life and death, will lead the fanfare to find the ‘lost’ Obobanyi designate.

As the effort to find him intensified, the people who had searched many other houses of the clan members are now at Ojo the capenter’s house at Ichamete.

Here a masquerade costumed in immaculate white will appeare in the front of ojo ‘s house to signal to Anayire that the Obobanyi designate could be found there. By coronation law, Anayire will not enter Ojo’s house straight away. For seven times he must go round the building  before he would enter to find the prize.

Anayire would later appear with the much sought Obobanyi designate. Uproarious applause heralded his appearance. He has appeared in white abada. Four different masquerades will accompany him to the arena. They are Ekuoba, Anayire, Ekububa and Akatapa.

The installation performance is at the front of the house of the would-be Obobanyi’s house, lchamete in Ikuehi. He now stands under a conopy located at the centre of the venue. It was like a big circle planned to allow the people in festive mood to have a full glimpse of coronation performance.

He will go round the stool for seven times. His akatapa will guide him in this royal ritual. In each circle ,the feminine masquerade will touch the edge of the stool. Chief Omonori who is few inches away from becoming the Obobanyi Ohueta clan of Ihima will also step his left foot on the stool like his guide.The circling of  the stool is seven times.

At this moment the Onyeiza, the clan sister comes to ululate. Other women quickly echo it as a way of endorsing the ceremony.

Upon completion of the stool circling, Chief Omonori radiantly sat on the stool of his forefathers. The moment he did, the carnival procession and the guests which comprise a number of monarchs from all over Ebira land accorded the newly crowned royal father ecstatic salutations.

Now, there is kola nut breaking rituals which took a while because its breaker must pay homage to God, the ancestors and other stakeholders in Ebira cosmic system, the crowning and presentation of ‘Aja'(crown) and ‘Omu’ (Buffalo’s tail) to Obobanyi climaxed the occasion.

‘Aja’ is a charmed red cap with rings of shiny cowries with feathers hoisted in it denoting dignity, authority, distinction and success while ‘Omu’ is the tail of the Buffalo the Ohueta progenitor was said to have killed while hunting.

After the installation act, His Royal Highness, Chief Omonori Aliu Suberu, the Obobanyi of Ohueta paid homage to a retinue of royal fathers from across Ebira land even as his kinsmen and circle of friends took turn to pay their respect to him.

While the ceremony was on, Chief lsaac Jegede who was privileged to be the Chairman of the Ihima King Makers Council, an illustrious son of Ohueta spoke on why his clan, (Ohueta clan) from time immemorial, had chosen the title of Obobanyi and not any other title.

His address
First and foremost, I want to express our unreserved gratitude to Almighty God for making this occasion a huge success. It is God who won this battle for us because many did not think it will happen this way. We went through thick and thin before we got what rightly belongs to us. Our forefathers had taken Obobanyi title. I grew up to meet it so. It is a taboo for someone to attempt to rename our child when we are don’t deserve such impudence. The title of Ohueta clan head has always been Obobanyi.

The title of Obobanyi means a great hunter. If you kill a buffalo, it qualifies you. Our forefathers killed three buffaloes on three different occasions. Three clans in Ihima take Obobanyi title.

There is Obobanyi of Emani clan where the needless contention comes from. There is Obobanyi of Ohionwa clan. Let me say it clearly that there is no single clan head that all Ihima people ever resolve to install as their monarch.

It is only Ohi stool that was created in 2006 that all the people of Ihima saddled with equal stake or interest. All the six clans contributed three candidates each to form the leadership of the Ihima king makers council, a body that is installed with the responsibility of choosing the Ohi whenever the need arises. A clan head cannot pride himself as the traditional head of Ihima. We only have Ohi of Ihima.

Another prominent son of Ohueta clan who spoke  to The Graphic correspondent was Chief Amos Suberu. Suberu, a Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Kogi State Customary Court of Appeal, was the Chairman of the Ohueta clan, Obobanyi Candidate Selection Committee.

Responding to the question on why the clan ended up with Omonori Suberu as her choice, he made the following sentences:

The installation of the Obobanyi of Ohueta was a huge success. As our appellation Ozi Orenyi i.e children of the rain connotes, you can see that even heaven is in support of what we are doing.

Three of them contested for the royal position. But Chief Omonori Aliu Suberu performed very well. He was outstanding. The committee found him to be very resourceful, honest and patriotic. He is also a man of the people.

He is not a stranger to the republican nature of Ihima chieftaincy system. We said any would-be Obobanyi should have a house. He met this condition. We wanted somebody who has integrity and responsible, he has all these attributes. He is married with well trained and responsible children. He was not lazy. He is a business man and politician who has held political positions in the past. In fact, he was once Supervisory Councillor who left office with evidence of excellent performance.

Also present at the occasion was Mr Abdulmalik Abdulkarim, the Director-General, Kogi State Bureau of Information Services and Grassroots Sensitisation to Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello. Abdulkarim hails from Ohueta clan.

His remarks
I would like to thank my boss, His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello for the peaceful atmosphere that we are all enjoying here today. He does not joke with security. We are grateful to him. Ohueta is solidly behind him. At the appropriate time, Ihima people will know that they owe him a return for his good.

On the Obobanyi, the stool is rotated among the four sub clans of Ohueta in order of seniority. The last time ‘Adobe’ which incidentally is my sub clan  and the youngest mounted the Obobanyi throne was in sixties. I am very happy that the honour done to my family when I was a kid is being repeated today in my presence to my younger brother.

In Ihima, we are the third most senior out of the six clans that we have. We all relate with one another with mutual respect. Ihima is a very organised community. Anything we do is on the basis of seniority. The six clans do things collectively and as you can see, traditional rulers of other clans  and those of other communities in Ebira are all present.
The peace and blaze of this occasion has lent credence to the fact that Ihima people still enjoy peaceful coexistence.
Present while the colourful installation of the Obobanyi lasted was His Royal Highness, Alhaji Ahmed Abdulraheem Ogido, the Ohi of Ihima and Chairman, the Okehi Area Traditional Council.

He expressed gratitude to Almighty Allah for the successful outing on the coronation. He was full of appreciation to Governor Yahaya Bello and Okehi Local Government Administrator, Hon. Abdulraheem Ohiare for the series of peace meetings held towards the event. The Ihima paramount ruler assured the Governor that Ihima people will never let him down in their support for his administration.

The Ihima monarch stated that Ihima have always done things in common and that they always base it on seniority, adding that the presence of all the aboriginal clans and settler-clans showed that Ihima is at peace.

The Ohi took time to educate the people who may wallow in sewage of misinformation regarding the nature of Ihima chieftaincy firmament by giving the titles of traditional heads of the six native clans of Ihima as Obobanyi of Emani, Ogasube of Ure, Obobanyi of Ohueta, Ohiomata of Odumi, Obobanyi of Ohionwa and Idu of Oha. He listed the titles in order of seniority of the clans. Indeed, Ihima is a town of three Obobanyis and three other titles as listed above which are not in any way inferior to Obobanyi stool.

He explains further: When we say Ihima, who we interchangeably call Onotu, his representative is by the grace of God my humble self standing before you as Ohi of Ihima. It is the stool of Ihima that I am occupying as the royal patriarch of Ihima. This is the truth that is sacred. After my reign, the stool that is based on rotation will move to the next senior clan of Onotu’s son. No clan’s stool can be accepted to be of Ihima. We don’t have master and slave clans here. The Ohi is the only stool in Ihima that is our collective inheritance.

The royal father advised the newly crowned Obobanyi to be down to earth in the way and manner he deals with his subjects. “They are your strength. Whatever the situation, do not come home to turn the story upside down for the people. Ensure that you conduct the affairs of your people with equity and fairness. Be upright and just as you take decisions for the people.

The Ohi greeted the Obobanyi with traditional salutation: Taaaru! In return the festive throng hailed the Ohi with saaaki, saaaki, saaakii as he takes his royal leave.

Your Royal Highness sir, we join your numerous well wishers to congratulate you on your installation as Obobanyi of Ohueta clan. Most radiant shall your reign be. Oseeee!
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