Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has urged his Commissioner for Sports, Boma Iyaye, to uphold the Fifika Chiri traditional stool in Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area of the state.
Wike gave the charge at the chieftaincy installation ceremony of Chief Boma Iyaye as Fifika Chiri V, held at St. Martins Anglican School field, Tende-Ama in Ogu town on Tuesday.
The governor who gave the advice hailed Iyaye for yielding to the call from members of the Chiri War Canoe House to become their traditional ruler.
The governor said to be the head of a family as a traditional ruler comes with enormous responsibilities, but he must not disappoint his people.
According to the Governor, “Frankly speaking, let me thank you for allowing him to ascend to this throne. It is everybody’s ambition in life that you must not allow your family stool to die.
“It doesn’t matter whatever level you may find yourself. If you leave it, history will not forgive you.”
Speaking earlier, Senator George Thompson Sekibo said the event is an initial public outing that marks the formal introduction and eventual acceptance of Chief Boma Iyaye by the traditional rulers’ council in the area into their fold.
Senator Sekibo, who represents Rivers East senatorial district, described Chief Iyaye as a worthy son of Ogu Town who has demonstrated himself as capable of defending the Chiri family, Ogu Town, Wakirike Be Se and the State in general.
In his speech, Chief Boma Iyaye said when his people called upon him, he shoved aside his shyness concerning traditional and cultural affairs to accept being their traditional ruler.
Chief Boma made a public promise to his people, assuring them that he would always stand on the side of justice and provide good leadership.