By EMEM IDIO
OLUASIRI- A meeting convened, penultimate Saturday, by the people of Olusari, Nembe Local Government Area, Bayelsa State, to jaw-jaw on the security challenges and other issues besetting the riverine community took another dimension when enraged villagers overthrew their monarch for supposedly ruling them outside their homeland and insensitivity to the predicament.
The meeting of who is who in the Nembe-speaking town was a spectacle, as the chiefs, elders, women, opinion leaders and youths, who converged on the Town Hall did not prepare for the stunning show.
The spectacle started unfolding soon after the villagers resolved to set up a vigilante group to secure the community.
However, an indigene of the community, Duomo Gabriel, apparently peeved at the many unsettled problems confronting the community, moved a motion passing a vote of no confidence on the incumbent paramount ruler, HRH King Iyerite Awululu, the Olua I Ibenyanaowei of Oluasiri clan, who was conspicuously missing at the meeting.
Another villager, Ebiegberi Akari, seconded the motion, which the assembly unanimously affirmed through a voice vote.
With a vote of no confidence hanging on the monarch, a community leader, Chief John Otama, rose and radically moved a motion nominating a new Regent, Ogara Baribote.
One of his kindred, Mr. Joel Isaiah, seconded the motion and the people collectively ratified it with a thunderous voice vote.
Installation of new Regent
Without much ado, elders of the community ‘chalked’ the new Regent, while youths and women, who supported decisions declared that the paramount ruler an “absentee” monarch.
They claimed that he was administering the community as a sole administrator with his Council of Chiefs and Advisory Council, accusing him of selfishness and neglecting his responsibility to them.
Voice of the people
A youth leader, Comrade Braide Fredrick, described the action as a true expression of the will of the people, noting that the villagers elected to take their destiny in their hands by saving the community from appalling leadership.
Also speaking, an elder of the community, Firstborn Tom, said the people took the action because they have been without leadership seeing that the paramount ruler had abandoned his responsibilities to the people.
Two mothers, Mrs. Ala Bert and Mrs. Marian Daniel, also said the monarch had lost touch with his people, adding that his inconsistent leadership polarized the people.
I’ll not fail you- Regent
In his remark, the newly- elected Regent, Baribote, said he faced a huge task of reuniting the people and holding fort until a substantive monarch was elected.
He urged the people to bury their differences and support him in the difficult task of reconciliation, assuring that he would not betray the confidence reposed in him by the community.