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April 19, 2024

Bayelsa monarch to leave throne over failing health

Bayelsa community youths to elect new leaders

Bayelsa community youths to elect new leaders

By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenagoa

THE lbenyanaowei of Okpoama Kingdom in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, His Royal Majesty, King Ebitimi Emmanuel Banigo, Okpo XXI, is set to relinquish his throne.

King Banigo, a former boardroom guru and banker of note stated this in a proclamation he personally signed, dated April 15, 2024 blaming health challenges for his decision to step down after reigning for 12 years.

He urged the ruling houses in the kingdom to immediately in accordance with tradition commence the process of electing a new King to be crowned as Okpo XXII, Ibenyanaowei of Okpoama Kingdom, as he retires from the throne on July 31 2024.

The proclamation reads, “Warm greetings to my dear people of Okpoama Kingdom. We are today faced with the worst economic crisis in recent history.

“The attendant excruciating poverty, hunger, insecurity and governance issues have made it imperative that I spend time at home. Unfortunately I have been contending with health challenges which has not made this possible and which increasingly require long absence from the Kingdom for the foreseeable future.

“Consequently, I have taken the decision to retire as lbenyanaowei of Okpoama Kingdom with effect from July 31 2024. The election of a new lbenyanaowei from the ruling houses is to commence immediately in accordance with our tradition to be crowned as Okpo XXII.

Ibenyanaowei of Okpoama Kingdom.

“The government of Bayelsa State and the relevant authorities will be notified accordingly.

“My dear Okpoama people, I thank you for the honour of being your King. I thank God for this privilege of ruling over our ancient Kingdom of highly endowed beautiful territories – the lands and creeks, and the remarkable people that God has bequeathed to us through our ancestors.

“I will continue to contribute to the development of Okpoama Kingdom and the preservation of our culture as I did before I ascended to the throne. By the grace of God and working together we can collectively develop Okpoama Kingdom to the land of our dreams. God bless Okpoama Kingdom.”