Muhammed Abubakar, Reporting
GOVERNOR Yaya Bello of Kogi State has queried the paramount traditional ruler and Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Dr. Ado Ibrahim, over refusal to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari to the state.
Stonix News reports that President Buhari was in the state on December 29, 2022 to inaugurate some projects built by the administration of Governor Bello.
Stonix News had reported that the palace of the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland was rocked by explosions on the same day, few hours to Buhari’s arrival.
Three persons died and several persons were injured in the explosion.
In a letter signed by Director of Chieftaincy Affairs, Enimola Eniola, the prominent monarch was queried for exhibiting a deliberate attitude and actions capable of bringing “Kogi State and Ebiraland in particular to grave disrepute.”
The failure of the traditional ruler to “come out and receive the President at the designated venue rightly approved by the governor” was deemed “quite unbecoming of a revered Royal Father of your status.”
The letter described the action as a flagrant disregard to the persons and high offices of the president and the governor.
“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,” the letter read in part.
Stonix News reports that during pre-colonial era in Africa, nay Nigeria, it was a sacrilege for royal fathers to abandon their domain and travel out of their kingdom.
See the letter with full text below