Traditional rulers in Bayelsa State have appealed to the State Government to strengthen and support traditional institutions in the state for them to maintain peace in their various communities.
Speaking with newsmen in Yenagoa, they said there is need for the government to make their various stools more significant to command great respect amongst their subjects and attract the desired loyalty.
According to them, part of what they suffer is disrespect, especially by political heads at the community level whose sole interest is amassing wealth at the detriment of the community, thereby causing disagreement and most often culminating in communal crises.
The Amananaowei of Peretorugbene community in Ekeremor Local Government Area, King Timi Odikeme Okere, Pere-Foukeregha and Moses Theophilus, the Amadabo of Moko-Ama in Sangana Community, Brass Local Government Area, spoke at separate interviews on Tuesday.
They averred that when powers given to traditional rulers are not backed by the government, it becomes a difficult thing to enforce such powers and to implement rules and regulations.
His Royal Highness, Moses Theophilus, who spoke on the causes of communal leadership conflicts, noted that the lack of consensus on the history of a community is a contributing factor, adding that the International Oil Companies (IOCs), also play a part in the crises leading to underdevelopment of the community.
In the same vein, the Amananaowei of Peretorugbene community, His Royal Majesty, King Timi Odikeme Okere, stressed that the causes of these crises stem from mismanagement of oil royalties and disagreement over sharing formula.
Also speaking on the causes of communal leadership crises and the way forward, a youth leader, Comrade Robert Igali, noted that some crises arise as a protest to the unavailability of paramount rulers in their communities.
He added that this has weakened the traditional institution; saying they barely have a direction in the leadership of their various communities.