by Agnes James,
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, was at the weekend conferred with the title “Ebe-Ebidou Owei” by the Pere of Tarakiri Kingdom, King Richardford Koroye.
Our Correspondent gathered that communities of Tarakiri clan are clustered across both Bayelsa and Delta States.
The conferment of the chieftaincy title, which took place at the monarch’s palace in Toru-Orua community, former governor Dickson’s home town in the Sagbama Local Government Area of the state, was part of activities marking the king’s 83rd birthday.
The governor was quoted in a press release by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, as expressing appreciation to the monarch for finding him worthy to be conferred with such an exalted title in the kingdom.
Governor Diri promised to preserve the traditional institution and the sacredness that it stands for.
He assured the Tarakiri Clan and other kingdoms in the state of his government’s support, expressing the belief that the younger generation would take a cue from their elders to honour the sacredness of the throne and the traditional institution.
“I thank our royal father for finding me worthy as one of your sons to also be honoured on this day that we have come to celebrate you”, he said.
“May I on behalf of the government of Bayelsa State thank you and pray that God will continue to keep you for us as our father, our king and as our elder”, he added.
“Today that you are 83 years, we are not only celebrating your birthday and your reign as the king of Tarakiri. God in His infinite wisdom has brought one of your sons to also be the captain steering the ship of Bayelsa. That to my mind is double celebration to you and to me, it is a gift to you and the people of Tarakiri Kingdom. As a government, we will continue to preserve the traditional institution. We will continue to preserve all the sacredness that the Tarakiri Kingdom stands for”, Governor Diri noted.