…as Odili, Nduka pay tribute


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has come out to say that Late Apiti of Rumueme Kingdom, Nyewen-Eli Omunakwe Nyeche Nsirim made him chairman of Obio/Apor Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Governor Nyesom Wike made the comment while paying tribute to the late Apiti of Rumueme kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Nyenwe-Eli Omunakwe Nyeche Nsirim, in Obio/Akpor Area, which was organized by Wike’s administration at the Obi Wali International Conference Center.

Governor Wike, in an emotionally laden tribute said the monarch was one of those, who against all odds identified with his political aspiration, when he first contested for the office of the Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area in 1999.

Governor Wike, at the variety night of tributes, assured that he remains grateful to the Apiti of Rumueme because of the monarch’s tremendous contribution to his political growth, particularly at a time, when his community, Rumueprikom could not be reckoned with politically in Obio-Akpor LGA.


“I am emotionally touched because he supported me in 1999, when nobody thought anybody from my community will be something. He stood firm for me to be chairman of Obio-Akpor. I had nobody, but he stood firm and I became chairman. And that is how I grew to be where I am today”.

Governor Wike said the late Nyenwe-Eli Omunakwe Nyeche Nsirim was a respected leaders of Rivers State, whose profound legacy to him and the State at large, would always be remembered.

He described the late traditional ruler, Nyenwe-Eli Omunakwe Nyeche Nsirim as a man of character and integrity.

“I pray all of them who are his children should emulate the life of this man, a giver, a philanthropist. If you have a problem and you go to him, he will solve your problem. it doesn’t matter the divide”.

In his tribute, a former Governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili said Nyenwe-Eli Omunakwe Nyeche Nsirim was one of those, who funded the political processes that laid the foundation for the democracy Nigerians are enjoying today.

Ogilvy said that Rivers State has lost one of her greatest, noting that the void he is leaving cannot be filled because he is probably the last standing founding icon of our dear State.

For his part, a renowned educationalist and a trustee of the Nigerian Academy of Education (NAE), Emeritus Profesdor Otonti Amadi Nduka, who gave the vote of thanks, commended governor Wike and the government of Rivers State for honouring Nyenwe-Eli Omunakwe Nyeche Nsirim.

Present at the event were Rivers State governor-elect, Sir Siminalayi Fubara; former Deputy Speaker House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Chibudum Nwuche; former senator John Azuta-Mbata; National Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) South-South, Chief Dan Orbih; Rivers State chairman of PDP, Ambassador Desmond Akawor among other dignitaries.

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