In a demonstration of royal appreciation, the Oba of Ogbaland in Rivers State, King Nwachukwu Nnam Obi III, led a delegation of the Ogbaland Council of Chiefs to visit Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri. The monarch commended Governor Diri for his notable performance, emphasizing that the achievements were not only celebrated locally but also within his kingdom.
The Oba, who is the father-in-law to Governor Diri, praised the governor’s commitment to human capital development and the transformative infrastructural projects witnessed across the state. King Nnam Obi III expressed pride in Governor Diri’s accomplishments, affirming that the visit would not have occurred if the governor had been deemed a failure.
Quoting Isaiah 43:12–13, the royal father conveyed a message of encouragement to the governor, assuring him that the battles ahead had been taken care of, and victory was certain. He acknowledged the positive impact of Governor Diri’s leadership, particularly in the areas of road and bridge construction and the development of human capital.
In response, Governor Diri expressed gratitude for the royal visit and the blessings bestowed by Oba Nnam Obi III. He commended the leadership style of the Oba and emphasized the indispensable role of divine counsel in governance.
The governor acknowledged the historical relationship between Ogbaland and Bayelsa, particularly with the Ijaw community, describing it as cordial. He pledged to maintain the spirit of brotherhood, peace, and love between Bayelsa and Rivers states.
The rare visit concluded with the presentation of royal attire and a walking stick to Governor Diri. Prayers were offered for the governor and his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, who was also in attendance. The visit highlighted the enduring connection between the two regions, reinforcing the commitment to mutual support and harmonious coexistence.