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Condemnations trail Wike’s comment on traditional rulers

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Rivers state governor Nyesom Wike’s comment on traditional rulers during a meeting on Tuesday has been greeted with mixed reactions from Nigerians.

The governor, in a viral video on social media, was seen tongue lashing out at the traditional rulers for not coming to the meeting with their staff of office.

The governor said going forward he wouldn’t tolerate any traditional rulers coming to see him without their staff of office.

He also berated the traditional rulers for clapping when he announced that a bill sanctioning people who parade themselves as traditional rulers without being recognised by the governor would be sent to the state assembly.

Wike went further to pick on the traditional ruler of Omuma, King Onyekachi Amaonwu, whom he said was shaking his head while he was speaking.

“Stop shaking your head! You!You! you are one of those who are causing problem. They gave you chieftaincy, you’re a young boy you don’t know what to do with it and then when I am speaking you’re shaking your head like this,” Wike said.

“All fake! fake! Causing problem everywhere. He will just go and wear something bigger than him, you will think he is an elderly man. I remember when I was in school, he was running around.”

Some Nigerians found the video funny while others have criticised the governor for not respecting the traditional rulers and their office.


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