The untimely death of 49-year-old son of the Chairman of Supreme Council of Ogoni Traditional Rulers, King Godwin Gininwa, a former Chairman of Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers, has been described as a huge loss.
A member of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Evang. Caroline Nagbo, stated this yesterday when she visited the monarch in his palace at Krokro-Tai in Tai Local Government Area of Rivers state, according to a press statement by the commission’s Director, Corporate Affairs, Charles Odili.
Nagbo, an Ogoni, noted that NDDC’s Acting Managing Director, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, and other members of the IMC of the Federal Government’s interventionist agency were shocked over the death of the young man.
The member of IMC of NDDC said: “I am here on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari; the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio; and Prof. Pondei; to condole with our father, who lost his son.
“We are very sorry for what happened, but we recognise the fact that it is God who has control over life and that it is only the Almighty that can comfort.”
Nagbo also stated that NDDC’s management appreciated the fact that the frontline monarch had been able to maintain peace and balance in the crude oil and gas-rich Ogoniland of four LGAs of Khana, Gokana, Tai and Eleme in Rivers state.
She said: “Ogoni is at peace today, because of your (King Gininwa’s) non-partisanship and wisdom. We pray that the Almighty God will continue to strengthen you to remain our worthy father.
“You have been very consistent and dignified in your approach to matters. Your integrity is well known in Rivers State and beyond.
“You are truly a father of Ogoniland, because you have seen the pains and turmoil of the people. You have seen us through the days of sorrow and disturbances and you have been there to usher us into the period of peace as a leader.”
The monarch, in his response, thanked President Buhari, Senator Akpabio, the acting managing director of NDDC and other members of IMC of the commission for being good friends of Ogoni people and responding to their challenges.
The traditional ruler said: “I have led a delegation of fifty credible Ogoni men and women to pay a courtesy call on President Buhari in Abuja. We hope for more things from his office and we belief that he can still do good things for us in the remaining three years of his administration.
“I also thank Senator Akpabio, for recognising our daughter (Nagbo). There is no difference between Akwa Ibom and Ogoni people, we are brothers and sisters. We appreciate what he (Akpabio) has done for Ogoni people. We are assuring him that we will not disappoint him and President Buhari.”
The first-class king also acknowledged the contributions of women in all spheres of life, stating that he had enormous respect for them, because of the important roles they play in the society.
The monarch described women as good administrators, since they are usually very careful and meticulous, thereby expecting good things from one of the members of IMC of NDDC (Nagbo).