Query: Monarchs must respect authority not play God – Ebira leaders

Prominent indigenes of Ebira land in Kogi state have flayed their traditional ruler, the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Dr. Ado Ibrahim, for allegedly disrespecting the offices of President Muhammadu Buhari and Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, saying that monarchs must respect constituted authority and not play God.

This was contained in a statement signed by Isa Ozi Salami, the Ohiotenyete of Ebiraland and HRH Salihu Abdullahi, Ajimasi Idu Eyire Uhuapa Ebira which was made available to newsmen in Lokoja, Monday.

The statement said the monarch snubbed Buhari and Governor Bello when the former visited Kogi on Thursday, December 29, 2022 to commission some landmark projects executed by the current administration in the state.

The indigenes noted with disappointment how the current Ohinoyi had consistently assumed the position of a “permanent antagonist” to the current government in the state by words and actions.

They stressed that the monarch had totally derailed from the purviews of the assigned roles of his office by taking sides in politics in his words and deeds, instead of being neutral and playing the role of a father to all as a traditional ruler.

The duo while throwing their weight behind a recent query given to the Ebira monarch for allegedly disrespecting the offices of the President and Governor, noted that “there has been no regime in Kogi state that has not queried Alhaji Ado.”

This is just as they also called on the current administration in the state to implement the court judgement granting Uhuodo community autonomy and entitling them to a separate Ohi stool in Okehi local government, while urging government to make eligibility to the Ohinoyi stool exclusive to Ohis only.