PHOTOS: Ex-Militant Leader, Ateke Tom Crowned King In Rivers State
Former militant leader, Ateke Tom, has been crowned Amanyanabo of Okochiri town in Wakirike , Rivers state.
The coronation was marked by traditional dances, traditional rites and musical displays.
Thousands of Okrika people witnessed the event.
Governor Nyesom Wike was among personalities at the event held in Okochiri, Okrika Local government area on Saturday.
Other prominent Rivers citizens were were Chief Kenneth Kobani, Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Chief Chidi Wihioka, Elder statesman Chief Emma Anyanwu, Dr. Abiye Sekibo, former Minister of Transport, Rt. Hon. Evans Bipi and Rt. Hon. Adams Dabotorudima, Hon. Wellington Granville.
In his remark, Wike advised the newly crowned monarch against being used to disunite the people of Okrika town and to further establish himself as an agent of unity and progress.
While congratulating the Traditional Ruler for his successful coronation as the King of Okochiri, Wike lauded the people of the town for installing a traditional ruler who fought for them.
The governor assured the people of Okrika Town that his administration will continue to deliver on projects in the area.
He noted that the process for the recognition of the traditional ruler, which includes presentation of a certificate of recognition will be done at the appropriate time.
The governor said:”Let me on behalf of the Government and people of Rivers State congratulate King Ateke Michael Tom, Amanyanabo of Okochiri Kingdom. With what you have seen here today, it is a clear testimony that you are loved by your people.
“That is why it is good for each and everyone of us to defend the interest of our people at any given time , so that your people will honour you at the appropriate time. Today, because of what you have done for this kingdom, the people have called you back home to come and be their new king.
“I want to proclaim by the Special Grace of God and by the powers conferred on me as the Rivers State Governor, Government of Rivers State will recognise this Amanyanabo of Okochiri town. What that means is that we will invite you to Government House, so that we present to you certificate of recognition”.
Former Minister of Transport and Chairman of the occasion, Dr. Abiye Precious Sekibo, advised other ex-Nigeria Delta agitators to emulate the new monarch in maintaining peace in their various domains.