By Ochuko Akuopha
OBIARUKU— NDOKWA Elite Youths, NEY, Lagos, has called on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State to withdraw and void the six months suspension slammed on the Ukwata 1 of Umukwata Kingdom HRH Friday Abaja by the state government.
The group, in a statement by its Coordinator, Mr. Chika Odagwe, described the suspension of the traditional ruler for alleged “acts inimical to peace, order and good governance” as unjust and oppressive.
Saying that the state government acted without taking cognizance of the basic principles of natural justice, equity and fairness, the statement said the suspension was carried out “following undisclosed, uninvestigated and unverified information before it.
“Verdict was therefore served before fair hearing, which is akin to shaving a man’s head in his absence. NEY Lagos is not unaware of the political colouration of the suspension following the neutrality of HRH Friday Abaja during the just concluded general elections, the gubernatorial elections in particular.
“In the interest of clarity, NEY Lagos is non-partisan and would not encourage the victimization of any Nigerian on the basis of his or her political beliefs no matter how this may be cloaked in water-tight disguised basis.
“It is unimaginable that an Ndokwa man, who has singularly dwarfed the presence of the government at all levels in his community by providing basic infrastructure, employing youths in their thousands, projecting good health care delivery only to mention a few can be subjected to the disdainful acts of the State government.
“The deafening silence of the Ndokwa leaders at all levels has in no small measure exposed the much shielded disunity amongst the Ndokwa people.
“NEY Lagos hereby call on the Okowa led Administration to seek ways of fostering the age-long unity between the Ndokwa people.”