The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, says the revered King, who reigned as Oba of Ogbaland for 50 years and served three times as the Chairman of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers, would be given full state funeral.
The governor made the announcement when the family of the late king, chiefs and opinion leaders from Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area, led by the late King’s son, Nwachuku Nnam Obi III, visited him at the Government House, Port Harcourt, to formally inform the state government of the death of the late first class monarch.
Wike, who recalled moments he spent with the late revered King, described him as an enigmatic monarch who made the state proud in terms of promotion of the culture and tradition of his people.
According to him, “The late Oba of Ogbaland was not only a man who cherished tradition, but was also an embodiment of knowledge”.
The governor commiserated with the people of Ogba and the immediate family of the late Oba, and declared that his demise was a loss to the entire state and the nation.
“As a people, we will miss his fatherly advice. God will give all of us the fortitude to bear the loss of a great man of Rivers State. As a former member of Rivers State Traditional Rulers’ Council, it is incumbent that the state must play a role in his funeral.”
The governor said the state government would appoint people to liaise with his family for a hindrance free state funeral.
According to him, “Everything must be done to give the late Oba a befitting burial because he had served the state and the nation meritoriously.”
Eelier, the Leader of the Ogba delegation and son of the late king, Nwachuku Nnam Obi III, explained that they were in the Government House to formally inform the governor and state government of the death of his father.
“Your great friend, one who stood almost like a mentor to you and who stood by you through trying times, my father and the leader of our people, Sir Chukuemela Nnam Obi, has passed on.
“His passing is going the natural way that all men must tread to return back to the maker when your assignment is due”, he said.