The Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Dr Ado Ibrahim, has been queried by the Kogi State government for failing to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari during the president’s visit to the state on December 29, 2022.
According to the state government, the Royal Father was disrespectful to the offices of President Buhari and Governor Bello. It alleged that the traditional ruler displayed action capable of bringing Kogi State and Ebira land to ‘disrepute’.
Our correspondent reports that the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland is the vice president of the Kogi State Council of Chiefs, as well as paramount ruler of all Egbira people in Kogi Central Senatorial district where the governor also hailed from.
Recall that President Buhari visited the state to commission some projects, including the new palace of the Ohinoyi, which was built by Governor Bello.
The query, dated January 5, 2023, and addressed to the monarch, was signed by the state director of Chieftaincy Affairs, Enimola Eniola, on behalf of the Kogi State Commissioner for Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs.
It read, “It has been observed with serious concern that you have exhibited deliberate attitude and actions capable of bringing Kogi State and Ebira land in particular to grave disrepute. These actions are quite unbecoming of a revered Royal Father of your status.
“Specifically, you were aware through many fora of the glorious visit of Mr President and Commander-in-Chief of Nigerian Armed Forces, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, 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 persons 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 governor of the State.
“It might interest you to note that 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 officers, 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 Chiefs do receive the governor of the state on his return from critical missions undertaken on behalf of the state. But you have chosen to disdain the office of the governor, and this time, you did it with effrontery before the number one citizen of Nigeria.
“This 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 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.
“It is expected that you accord priority to the content of this letter, Your Royal Majesty.”