Kogi Monarch Gets 48 Hours to Explain Absence From Buhari’s Visit

Alhaji Ado Ibrahim, the Ohinoyi of EbiraLand, has been given 48 hours to explain his absence when top officials of Kogi State welcomed President Muhammadu Buhari for projects commissioning.

The Kogi State Government through the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in a letter dated January 5, 2023 said the monarch’s refusal to join the Governor Yahaya Bello and other top government functionaries to welcome the president is an act of insubordination and disloyalty to the governor and the entire Ebira nation.

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The statement read: “it has been observed with serious concern that you have exhibited deliberate attitude and actions capable of bringing Kogi State and EbiraLand in particular to grave dispute. These actions are quite unbecoming of a revered Royal Father of your status.

“Specifically you were aware through many fora of the glorious visit or Mr. President and Commander-in-Chief of Nigerian Armed Forces, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR to Okene on 29th December, 2022 to commission landmark projects executed by our dear Governor His Excellency Alh. Yahaya Bello. In a flagrant disregard to the person and high offices 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”.

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“It might interest you to note that the 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 Offices 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 Chief do receive the Governor of the State on his return from official missions 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.

“The action of yours is an act of insubordination and disloyalty to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the 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 Institutions of the State.

The government, however, requested the monarch to submit a written explanation within 48 hours explaining why the government should not take disciplinary action against him.

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