A former minister of state for Education, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi yesterday blamed the Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, over what he described as a desecration and humiliation of the traditional institution and traditional rulers in Delta state.
The former minister stated that making traditional rulers wait in a school auditorium at the Petroleum Training Institute from 11am to 5.30pm during the visit of Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo last week, “was most embarrassing and humiliating to the Monarchs and to the people of Delta.”
The former minister, while exonerating the Vice President of any blame in the matter noted that he has known him since 1986 in the company of the then Attorney General, Prince Bola Ajibola, stressing “Yemi Osinbajo will pass any day, any time as a man who has respect for the aged, respect for institution.”
Gbagi stated this while replying to an earlier statement by the state governor over his (Gbagi) comments over some occurrences during the recent visit of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to the state.
A statement by his legal assistant, Charles Jonah, Gbagi said, “nothing can bring Peace to the Niger Delta without truth, fairness, equity and equal distribution of wealth of the people and most especially respect for one another.
“Let records be put straight that I hold distinguished titles from Okpe Ughelli and Olomu respectfully. So my position with regard to my traditional fathers cannot be wrong. While my position about the visit remains unchanged, we do not need the wastage of tax payers’ money to carry out a fact finding situation of Delta people.”
Describing Osinbajo he knew far back as 1986 as a man who has respect for the aged, for institution, he said “the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo is a man that I have respect since we met in 1986 in the company of the then Attorney General, Prince Bola Ajibola and Awwal Kalu. In that meeting, I was representing my company as the MD GEEKOS Security Ltd.
“We are running away from the facts, a situation we have found ourselves too long dated to the inception of democracy in Delta State. The original released programme of Osinbajo had him to visit Gbaramatu, the Olu of Warri and Ughelli, the Headquarters of Urhobo people for balance of the area.
“The Ughelli leg of the visit was removed on Saturday by the State Government . As though that was not enough, nothing would have been wrong if an arrangement was made for all the monarchs to be in one of the palaces for the vice president to pay them a visit as opposed to carrying them to a school auditorium and tying them up for hours until they rampaged out of the stigma when another traditional ruler from another State came and was taken to the high table which was disparaging to our traditional rulers.”