On Friday, 7th January 2017, traditional rulers and kings of of the Delta North Senatorial District gathered at the home of the Obi of Owa, Dr. Emmanuel Efeizomor ll in Owa, Ika North East local government area of Delta state.
They were there on the humble invitation of Senator Nwaoboshi, who had requested to fete them. Delta North consisted of Anioma people, who are the Igbos of Delta State.
The fete according to the Senator was in response to an earlier invitation by the traditional rulers to hold a discussion in order to be in the know about the strategies being employed by the senator to effect equitable representation of the zone.
Senator Nwaoboshi, while thanking the royal fathers for honoring his invitation, said government has equitably distributed political appointments and developmental projects to all parts of the state and assured that every segment of the state will continue to benefit from both federal and state governments. He also called on the traditional rulers in Delta North to remain united in order to achieve harmony and enhance prosperity and progress of the zone.
“I want to commend our revered traditional rulers for the roles you are playing in ensuring peace and security in your domains; and it was a very good development that you are galvanizing your subjects to contribute to the development of the state,” Senator Nwaoboshi said, reiterating, “we are proud of traditional rulers and we will continue to partner with the traditional institution to strengthen democracy in the country.”
Dr. Emmanuel Efeizomor ll, who also is the Chairman, Delta State Traditional Rulers Council responded by describing Senator Nwaoboshi as a true representative of the people at the national assembly, noting that Nigerians, especially, the people of Delta North Senatorial District were proud to have Barrister Nwaoboshi as their representative at the upper legislative chambers.
Obi Efeizomor II used the occasion to call on Deltans to close ranks and partner with Governor Okowa’s administration for a dream Delta State to be achieved.
Obi Efeizomor, who laid his hands on Nwaoboshi to pray for him, prayed that God use the senator to rebuild the senatorial zone. He said; “We thank you. It is not that you have bought something here that is important. Traditional rulers are not interested in you giving them gifts, but the fact that whenever anyone sees you, he sees a sense of humility, meekness in a man who even when he has the power to frighten you, gives you a sense of friendship. He gives you a sense of belonging.
“Traditional rulers don’t want politicians who use us as walking sticks, we don’t want leaders who say take it or leave it. We don’t want leaders who say, I can do without you, we don’t have anything, but God made us what we are. We don’t buy it. I have been 58 years on this throne and have served the people in my 79 years on earth, so I know what I am saying.
“We pray you move from good to better and from better to best. Our son, if those of our sons and daughters who don’t cone home but wait for elections to come to roll out their billions to disorganise the country will act more like you. They only wait for elections and you start seeing their limousines driving through farmlands and bush paths, and they come to mesmerise our people. That’s why God will never let them win. This like you who have learnt the principles of Okowability will continue to win.
“We are happy that our son, Senator Nwaoboshi is here today to tell us what is going on in the Senate, this is how it should be and we look forward to this type of meeting on regular basis because it encourages robust relationship,” the Obi said, asserting, “the traditional institution will always work for peace, development and stability of our state because, we are progressives and we know the value of peace to the lives of individuals.”
Earlier in his remarks, the state Commissioner for Economic Planning, Dr Kingsley Emu, asked the citizenry to make lands available to investors to enable them develop Delta State.
On his part, Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon Chikezie also followed suit by asking the people to provide lands for farmers to develop the agricultural wealth of Delta.
The meeting was attended by traditional rulers from Delta North while Senator Nwaoboshi was accompanied to the occasion by members of House of Assembly, Commissioners, Council Chairmen, members of the political class from Delta North Senatorial District and his political associates.
It was punctuated with classical prayers of the Igbo people, ‘igo ofo’, rendered by Efeizomor, who prayed for blessings on Delta North, the entire state and Nigeria, while at the same time praying for success for Nwaoboshi. The Royal fathers were also later treated to a feast of choice food and drinks.