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Delta monarchs fault Dein of Agbor over comments on state kingship grading

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Delta State traditional rulers council has picked holes with one of its own, the Dein of Agbor Keagborekuzi 1, for his statement that the Olu of Warri and himself are the only first-class kings in the state.

He was reported to have made the statement during a visit to the Olu-Designate recently.

But in a swift reaction, the Delta monarchs berated the Agbor ruler describing the comment as unfortunate.

The council, raising from its monthly meeting at its secretariat in Asaba said the Agbor monarch would have sought more information and education on how kings are graded in the state before making such a comment.

His royal majesty, Keagborekuzi 1, born in 1977 was named the world’s youngest crowned monarch in the 1980 edition of the Guinness Book of World record

The royal fathers faulted the Agbor king in a communiqué jointly issued and signed by the Chairman of the Council, His Majesty Dr Emmanuel Efeizomor II, the Obi of Owa; the Vice Chairman of the Council, His Majesty Major General Felix Mujakperuo (rtd), Orhue I, Orodje of Okpe, and the second Vice-Chairman, His Majesty S P L Kalanama VIII, Pere of Akugbene-Mein after the meeting which was attended by over 60 traditional rulers.

According to monarchs, “The attention of the Delta State Traditional Rulers Council has been consistently drawn by the public to the rather unfortunate publication made by the Dein of Agbor, properly and legally known as the Obi of Agbor, referring to himself and the Olu of Warri as the only first-class kings in Delta State in a recent newspaper report.

“The council had initially assumed that the Obi of Agbor was quoted out of context in the said publication and dismissed same with a wave of the hand, but after a careful and thorough investigation, it became clear that the publication is properly attributed to the Obi of Agbor.

“In view of the above confirmation of the publication accredited to him, the council will respond as follows: ‘That by the express provision of Section 45(3A) of the traditional rulers’ council and chiefs law CAP T2, Delta State, upon which the Obi of Agbor is operating and functioning as a king, declares all traditional rulers of the state as co-equals.

“In view of the law cited in paragraph (A) above, there is no rating or special classification of traditional rulers in Delta State as claimed by the Obi of Agbor.

“That all traditional rulers in Delta State and indeed the public are advised to ignore and disregard the said publication of the Obi of Agbor, as same is only targeted at self-aggrandizement to the irritation of the traditional institution in Delta State.”

The Monarchs also used the occasion to applaud governor Okowa’s developmental strides in the state saying it has helped to provide democratic dividends to the three senatorial districts in the state.

They urged the state government to consider the creation of a local government monitoring project performance committee to ensure effectiveness.

They also threw their weight behind the state government directive which ordered all political appointees to return to their constituencies to mobilize their people on the essential working of the government.

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