The Paramount Ruler of Seimbiri kingdom, in Burutu local government area of Delta State, King Charles Ayemi Botu, has urged the federal and state governments in the Niger Delta region to show greater commitment to the development of the region.
Speaking during a thanksgiving service held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Okpokunou, to mark his 72 birthday and 26th coronation anniversaries, King Ayemi-Botu called on the relevant authorities to link communities in the region by roads.
The Monarch said insecurity, lack of good roads infrastructure and electricity remained the bane to underdevelopment, stressing that government should stop overlooking critical aspects of the life of the people.
Citing the many years of executing the East- West road without completion, King Ayemi Botu, who was one time National Chairman of TROMPCOM, appealed to the federal government to complete the road project without further delay.
The royal father, popularly called “The Lion of Niger”, stressed the need to pay due attention to the development of the region in view of its strategic importance to the nation’s economy.
King Ayemi-Botu, however, called on Nigerians to be thankful to God for the gift and preservation of life and for the relative peace in parts of the country.
He charged government to address the rising crime rate in the country and to give priority attention to youth employment as well as other areas that would promote useful engagement of the teaming youths.
On his 72 birthday and 26th coronation anniversaries, King Botu returned all the glory to God, saying that Him alone deserved thanksgiving.
He commended those that stood by him, even during the period of growing up and prior to his ascension of the throne of his fore bearers for their support and prayers.
The Monarch promised to remain focused and committed to promoting peace, unity and development of Seimbiri kingdom and applauded the love and respect of his people.
The Pere accompanied by his wife, Queen Mary Oyibo Ayemi-Botu, family members, members of Siembiri traditional council, community leaders and others, in a thanksgiving, reminded all of the need to serve God in truth and spirit.
The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Bomadi, Most Rev Hycienth Egbebor, described King Charles Ayemi Botu as a faithful steward, who had made it a tradition to be grateful to God for all that He had done for him.
The Bishop encouraged all to emulate the thankful heart of the Seimbiri monarch and prayed for good health for the Pere, his subjects as well as progress in the kingdom.
Queen Mary Oyibo Ayemi-Botu, on behalf of the royal family, congratulated the monarch on the anniversaries and prayed God to continue to grant him the enablement in his reign in the kingdom.
The highlight of the ceremony were royal dance and cutting of the birthday cake by the monarch flanked by his wife and others.