Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has said recognizing former militant leader, King Ateke Michael Tom, as the Amayanabo of ancient Okochiri kingdom has brought peace, stability and security to Okochiri and the entire Okrika Local Government Area.
Governor Wike acknowledged that without the support of traditional rulers, it would be difficult for any government at whatever level to achieve peace.
He stated this after he was conferred with the traditional title, “Se Taribo 1st of Okochiri kingdom (A man who has love for his people),” at Okochiri in Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State on Saturday.
“The recognition of Ateke Tom by the state government as the Amayanabo of Okochiri has brought peace in this domain, and the people are happy with his leadership.
“And that is why today you can see that there is a peace that reigns within the environment of Okochiri, and to a greater extent, the entire Okrika Local Government.
“It is one thing to be a traditional ruler; it is another thing to live up to the expectation of a traditional ruler. You have kept your kingdom as one, you have kept your kingdom in peace, you have kept your kingdom united, and that is what is expected of a traditional ruler.
“You’re not just a traditional ruler to confer chieftaincy title on us; you’re also a traditional ruler to help the government maintain peace in your domain. Because without the traditional rulers, it will be difficult for any government at whatever level to achieve anything.”
“Governance without peace and security is no governance. Governance is predicated on protection of life and property.”
“Ateke Tom has brought peace. Don’t see him as Ateke Tom that fought for the Niger Delta; see him as Ateke Tom, the traditional ruler, the Amayanabo of Okochiri kingdom, whose traditional duty is to make sure peace reigns in his domain,” Wike said.