The Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Otu has asked Ben Ayade, the governor of Cross River State, to step aside whilst blaming him for the looting and vandalism of public and private properties in the state in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protest.
According to a report by Daily Trust newspaper, the revered traditional leader made the call when he received Liyel Imoke, a former governor of the state, in his palace.
Imoke’s ffamily reportedly run supermarket in Calabar, ValueMart was looted while residences of at least three senators were looted, vandalized and razed. Some state and federal government owned facilities were also looted and vandalised.
“He has not been holding security meeting regularly. This thing would not have happened if he had called the security people together after hearing what happened in Lagos and other places; If he had called them together and tell them, look my friends; nothing should happen in my state,” he said.
“The Governor should be able to open his door for people to come in, and should work with everybody. We have to face it; we don’t need to play around with it; we cannot continue this way. You tell him that there is a need for total reconciliation; a total rehabilitation of whatever he has been doing.
“Everybody matters in this state. He should be able to talk to people. He wouldn’t call you and even when you call him, he doesn’t answer the call. Nobody talks to him.”
In his address, Imoke said his visit to the traditional ruler was to seek advise on how to find a solution to the grievances and unemployment plaguing the youths in the state.
“We came to get some advice from you before we even set out to look for solutions, to ensure that never happens again in Cross River State,” he told the monarch.
“We need your guidance as we go about looking for solutions to the challenge of young people who are unemployed and have grievances; young people who think they don’t have the opportunities others have had.
“We do not understand the extent of the carnage. We are all victims of this incident. If you were not hit directly, you were hit indirectly. For me, I was hit directly. So were very many public officials. They were also hit directly.” (Daily Trust/The Will)