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Kogi Gov Queries Ebira Paramount King For Alleged Failure To Welcome President Buhari

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has issued a two-page query on the Paramount king, Ohinoyi of Ebira land, 93 year old Dr. Ado Ibrahim, for allegedly failing to join in welcoming President Muhammadu Buhari when he officially visited on December 29, 2022 to commission some projects executed by the governor.

In the query letter, with reference number MLCA/CHI/30/VI/XX, dated January 5 and signed by the Director of Chieftaincy Affairs on behalf of the State Commissioner of the ministry, the governor wanted the Ohinoyi to answer the content of the query within 48 hours, even as he indicated that a panel will also be instituted to probe the matter.

The full content of the letter is reproduced hereunder:



It has been observed with serious concern that you have exhibited deliberate attitude and actions capable of bringing Kogi State and Ebira land in particular to grave disrepute. These actions are quite unbecoming of revered Royal Father of your status.

Specifically, you were aware through many fora of the glorious visit of Mr. President and Commander-In-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR to Okene on 29th December, 2022 to commission land mark projects executed by our dear Governor, His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello. In flagrant disregard to the person and high office of the President and the Governor, you bluntly refused to come out and receive the President at the designated venue rightly approved by the Executive Governor of the State.

It might interest you to note that official courtesy demands that when a personality of a President occupying the highest office in the land is visiting or even passing through the State, the Governor and top public officers including topmost Traditional Rulers are expected to receive him as a mark of respect for him and the Office he occupies. It is on record that in time past, Topmost Traditional Rulers including the President, Kogi State Council of Chiefs do receive the Governor of the State on his return from critical mission undertaken on behalf of the State. But, you have chosen to disdain the office of the Executive Governor, and this time, you did it with effrontery before the number one citizen of Nigeria.

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This action of yours is an act of insubordination and disloyalty to the President and Commander-In-Chief of Nigerian Armed Forces, the Executive Governor of Kogi State and the entire Ebira nation as a whole. It portends grave danger to the Security of the State and laying bad precedence for Traditional Institution of the State.

In view of the above, I have been directed to request you to forward a written explanation within 48 hours why disciplinary action should not be taken against you for these acts of insubordination and disloyalty. Oral explanations may be required from you when a panel is set up to study your case.

It is expected that you will accord priority to the content of this letter, Your Royal Majesty.

Enimola A. Eniola

Director, Chieftaincy Affairs

For: Hon. Commissioner, MLGCA (Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

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