- An angry Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V has lashed out at Governor Ben Ayade over alleged incompetence
- The monarch claims that the recent looting by youths in the state could be linked to the governor's distance from the people
- He asks other politicians to inform the governor that he cannot continue to run the state at his own whims
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River has incured the ire of a prominent Nigerian monarch, Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V, over the recent mayhem that took place in parts of the state.
Angered by the incident which resulted in looting of both public and private interests and homes, the monarch said if he had his way, he would ask the governor to step aside to be taught how to govern a people.
The Obong, according to Vanguard, made the declaration when prominent leaders in the state paid him a visit days after the looting carried out by some residents in four local governments.
The report named those who made the visit to include a former governor of the state, Senator Liyel Imoke, members of the National Assembly and other politicians.
The traditional ruler said the once peaceful state is now witnessing mayhem because politicians had failed the people.
He said the looting happened at this time because the youths have been taken for granted by the current administration.
“I have been watching and I am so unhappy that the peace and calm that we use to have here is taken away. Why? Because we have failed. Who have failed? The politicians have failed.
"That is why we sit down to watch you people, there is a need to change.
"And if I had my way, I could have said this governor should wait, let’s set up an interim administration then he starts learning and looking at how administration is actually done.
“We don’t allow people to come in and do anything the way they like it. No. there is a principle, there is a policy that should be adhered to."
He recalled that former governors in the state often called him while they were in office, but accused Ayade of does not relate with people.
"But this one, he wouldn’t call you. Even when you call him, he doesn’t answer the call. Nobody talks to him, but rather what are we doing?"
He appealed to the politicians to convey a message to the governor that he should know the bulk stops on his table.
He warned that it is no longer the time to play around with serious issues like youth restiveness adding that the governor must work out total reconciliation.
Legit.ng earlier reported how Ayade recently revealed that it would take a N5 billion to repair the vandalised and looted Calabar International Conference Centre (CICC).
Ayade while reaffirming the curfew imposed on Calabar and its environs lamented that the looting and vandalisation will have a negative effect on the state.
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