Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has saluted the courage of the state Commissioner for Sports, Chief Boma Iyaye, for yielding to the call from members of the Chiri War Canoe House to become their traditional ruler.
According to the governor, to be the head of a family as a traditional ruler comes with enormous responsibilities and necessarily will alter his lifestyle, but he must not disappoint his people.
Gov. Wike gave the charge at the chieftaincy installation ceremony of Chief Boma Iyaye as Fifika Chiri V, that held at St. Martins Anglican School field, Tende-Ama in Ogu town of Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area of Rivers State on Tuesday December 28, 2021.
He told Chief Iyaye to be diligent by having regular meetings with members of the house, strengthen the bond and to address problems when they arise
“Frankly speaking, let me thank you for allowing him to ascend to this throne. It is everybody’s ambition in life that you must not allow your family stool to die. It doesn’t matter whatever level you may find yourself. If you leave it, history will not forgive you.”
In his welcome speech, Senator George Thompson Sekibo said the event is an initial public outing that marks the formal introduction and eventual acceptance of Chief Boma Iyaye by the traditional rulers council in the areas into their fold.
Senator Sekibo, who represents Rivers East senatorial district described Chief Iyaye as a worthy son of Ogu Town who has demonstrated himself as capable of defending the Chiri family, Ogu Town, Wakirike Be Se and the State in general.
In his speech, Chief Boma Iyaye said when he was called upon by his people, he shoved aside his shyness concerning traditional and cultural affairs to accept being their traditional ruler.
Chief Boma made a public promise to his people assuring that he will stand on the side of justice always, and provide good leadership.
He also thanked Governor Wike for the positive roles he has continued to play in his life.