The Paramount Ruler of Seimbiri kingdom, in Burutu local government area of Delta State, King Charles Ayemi Botu, JP, OFR, has stressed the need for federal and states government in Niger Delta to open up the region for development.
Speaking during a thanksgiving service held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Okpokunou, to mark his 72 birthday day and 26th coronation anniversaries, King Ayemi-Botu urged the authorities to link communities in the region by roads.
The Monarch said insecurity, lack of good roads, electricity, tertiary institutions, potable water etc, remained the bane to underdevelopment, stressing that government should stop paying lip services in critical aspects of the life of the people.
Pointing to the many years of executing the East- West road without completion, King Ayemi Botu who was one time National Chairman of TROMPCOM, called on the relevant agencies on the project to complete it without further delay.
The royal father, popularly called “The Lion of Niger”, stressed that there was the need to pay due attention to the development of the region that lays the golden egg.
King Ayemi-Botu however called on Nigerian to be thankful to God for the gift and preservation of life and for the relative peace in part 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 anniversary, King Botu returned all the glory to God, saying that Him alone deserved all the 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 fathers for their support and prayers.
The Monarch promised to remain focused and committed to peace, unity and development of Siembiri kingdom and applauded the love and respect of his people.
The Pere accompanied by wife, Queen Mary Oyibo Ayemi-Botu, family members, members of Seimbiri traditional council, community leaders and others, in a thanksgiving, reminded all of the need to serve God in truth and worship.
The Bishop of the Catholic Dioceses of Bomadi, Most Rev Hycienth Egbebor, described King Charles Ayemi Botu as faithful stewards who have made it a tradition to be grateful to God for all that He has 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, the Anetorofa of Seimbiri Kingdom on behalf of the royal family, congratulated the monarch on the anniversaries and prayed God to continue to grant him the wherewithal 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.