Rivers State Gobernor Nyesom Wike
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike

The Rivers State government on Tuesday threatened to weed out partisan traditional rulers from the system.

Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to Governor Wike on Electronic Media, made the disclosure on the governor’s behalf. He made the disclosure at the 104th quarterly meeting of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers in Port Harcourt.

Traditional rulers must be impartial

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Wike said that traditional rulers are to serve all members of their communities irrespective of political affiliations.

According to him, a traditional ruler who is also an active member of a political party will not function in line with the expectations of  all community residents.

“We have decided to weed out all the traditional rulers involved in active politics from the system. This is in the interest of the state and also the communities that you serve,” he said.

The governor, however, assured them that the development drive of his administration would reach all the state’s LGAs.

He also added that every part of the state will feel government’s impact in its quest to develop the state.

In his address, the Chairman of Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers, King Jaja of Opobo, Dandeson Jaja, Jeki V, Amanyanabo of Opobo Kingdom, commended the governor for his developmental strides in the state.

The chairman also called on youths in the state to embrace the Amnesty Programme introduced by the state government which was aimed at bringing lasting peace to the people.