Don’t Harbour Kidnappers

Uduaghan Tells Xtian Traditional Rulers

BY AUSTIN OYIBODE

DElta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has called on Christian traditional rulers not to allow kidnappers to use their domains as safe havens for their nefarious activities.

Uduaghan made it clear that anyone “found desecrating the sanctity of moral values in their kingdoms should be sanctioned.”

The governor spoke during the Fellowship of Christian Traditional Rulers yesterday in Asaba. He said sanctioning violators of societal values would stem the tide of criminality in the state.

Represented by Chief of Staff, Government House, Dr. Festus Okubor, Uduaghan said society was being plagued by various social misconducts which, according to him, should be of great concern to all law abiding citizens.

He challenged the royal fathers to join hands with government in its effort at social re-engineering by entrenching high moral values in their domains.

“Our society is plagued by various ills, all of them worrisome enough to merit the attention of all.

“There is decline in sound moral and social conduct, characterised by unbridled pursuit of wealth, increasing crime wave, kidnapping, disrespect for elders and constituted authorities”, Uduaghan said.

The governor also charged the royal fathers to use their stools to impress in the youths the need to shun negative tendencies and return to “our much cherished cultural norms and values”.

Uduaghan acknowledged the contributions of traditional institutions in the socio-political, economic and educational advancement of the state, adding that most people have confidence in traditional rulers in sound decision making.

He applauded the initiative of the royal fathers in organising the prayer summit, which he said would go a long way in addressing certain social challenges in the state and nation.

While commending the leadership of the traditional rulers in the state for supporting his administration, Uduaghan called on the Christian royal fathers to continue praising God as such would bring God’s presence to the affairs of the state.