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Xmas gift: Rita Lori rejects Uduaghan’s cow


Frontline Itsekiri leader, Chief Rita Lori Ogbebor, has rejected the Christmas gifts comprising a cow, rice, hamper and other items sent to her house in Warri by the Delta State Government on December 24. The Igba of Warri (Irowojo) disclosed that it was imperative for her to turn down the gift items to show Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan that she was not happy with the way he had been running the administration of the state.

In a letter dated December 28, 2012, addressed to Governor Uduaghan and personally signed by the Itsekiri leader, Rita Lori Ogbebor stated that she could not accept the Christmas gifts from the governor while many communities in the state had not enjoyed dividends of democracy. According to her: “I saw the cow, rice, hamper and other Christmas gifts deposited in my house on December 24, 2012, from the Delta State Government. But I am sorry, I have to decline the gifts for the following reasons.

“By now, you already know my stand on the way you run the administration of Delta State. I feel unhappy and depressed to see the state and Itsekiri land, particularly, declining from the time you have been in government. “Severally, I have spoken to you as a mother and son, stressing that the Itsekiri riverine areas were declining educationally and economically. The way our land is today shows no planning or foresight. There is no creation of jobs, neither is there adequate security of lives and property.

“For many years, there has been fighting and bloodletting in Escravos. In fact, things have got worse since you became governor. Yet, you have not used your position to bring peace to this very important Itsekiri town. Indeed, what we have are cases of Itsekiri sons killing one another. And you are also an Itsekiri. “Also, it is sad to know that when people are saying we have a governor as a son, a place like Ugborodo, which people know as the terminal for Nigerian oil, can boast of nothing but mud and water.

There is no infrastructure, no houses, no roads, schools or hospitals.” Ogbebor also took a swipe at the governor for allegedly taking over Okere land and beginning construction on it without any consultation or due process. The Okere people, she said, had appealed to the governor to leave the place for them because they had no other land and they needed the land to build a cultural centre. “You caused the matter to be brought to my house in Lagos, where you discussed with Okere people and promised to leave the land for them. We all thanked you and even feasted.

You left my house, but did exactly the opposite of what you had promised. Today, the Okere people have gone to court against your government. Where then lies the trust between you and the people who voted you into power? “I was astonished to see you depositing a cow and other gifts in my compound in Warri, when your word to Itsekiri people has not been your bond. I, therefore, reject with all that is in me your gifts,” Ogbebor said.

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  1. igwe-dubai December 31, 2012 at 2:14 am

    Good woman. Infact God will bless you. You are a good leader u did not betrayed ur ppl. Infact, it is a sound warning to †ђξ governor. Mrs ogbebor i thank U ooo. Big mama

  2. Truthfullness December 31, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Her action is worthy of emulation by other chiefs in the country. He presented you with cow to bribe you, stupid governor.

  3. Gbenga Asherdelegbengaashadele December 31, 2012 at 2:41 am

    God bless you for standing by the people and for the people and how I wish people like you will speak up and not keep quite.The Nigerians are going through untold hardship and crying silently for a saviour who will speak for them.Keep it up mama and recruite more people that will stand with the people and for the people.

  4. kukunmba December 31, 2012 at 4:26 am

    this is a woman indeed.correct!

  5. Don M December 31, 2012 at 5:29 am

    True Story Indeed, who knows what’s behind this game…bcos you rejected it,it appeared on paper, what of the ones you took???? and the rest of you….Na only you the governor gave gifts ?????????

  6. James December 31, 2012 at 5:40 am

    So Itsekiri land is neglected too, we from other parts of Delta thought the Governor has turned Itsekiri land into London.

    Oh my God, who did this to the Governor that he cannot even work for his people.

    We are waiting for the day you will hand over to another person.

    The worst “Governor 2012”

    You will reap what you sow.

  7. Obihonkong December 31, 2012 at 5:47 am

    Wht gift infact u ar a good leader how i wish otherr would emulate u.I pray tht God wl alwz b wit u

  8. Menumo December 31, 2012 at 6:02 am

    Mama rejected the gift because it is too token.

    • Chika December 31, 2012 at 6:19 am

      Menumo your comment is uncalled for. This is a great woman who has conscience. Posterity will justify her actions of standing on the side of integrity, honesty and accountability. Thank you honorable leader. A person reaps what he or she sows.

      • Chris Gabriels December 31, 2012 at 11:06 am

        Rita Lori, Conscience? No! She is a politician.

    • Angel Gabriel December 31, 2012 at 11:20 am

      Menumo you are correct,,, the gift is too token for his failure in creation of jobs in the state, too token to replaced inadequate security of lives and property.
      too token to replaced the life lost in fighting and bloodletting in Escravos. too token in his failure for not using his position to bring peace to Itsekiri land.most oil community like Ugborodo a terminal for oil cant boast of clean water, no roads, schools or hospitals.too token to replace the pains of Okere people,in which the Governor stylesly took over their land. too token indeed to replaced the Regret people of Delta have in voting for him.

  9. Prince Jimmy December 31, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Leaders like this woman of notable character are what we need in our society. People with brave minds, and who do proper analysis of govts or administrations, and not just praise singers as we often see. I pray our leaders learn that a single billionnaire in the midst of thousands of paupers is also a poor person. LEADERS LEARN!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Umukoro Jacob December 31, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Those who live in palatial houses claim to be threatened by ghosts what of those of us abandoned in the political evil forest?

  11. collins December 31, 2012 at 8:16 am

    this woman truely is a leader, i admire her courage. if we have more leaders like dis mama, i tink Nigeria would be a better place. i wonder what has happened 2 Gov. Uduaghan bcos his cousin (IBORI) dat handed over 2 him till 2day remains a big blessing and a great hero to Oghara people. charity they say bgins at home so i keep wondering why dis man is so far from his people n what will bcome of him at d expiration of his useless, visionless, corrupt n hopeless tenure.
    Mr Gov. am sure u are preparing well cos am sure ur end will be far worse dan dat of ur cousin.

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  13. Henry December 31, 2012 at 9:31 am

    When your mother tells you the truth and you refuse to listen then something is wrong with your head. Mummy I thank you. He who has ear let him hear. Am proud we still have such people especially women in Delta that can tell it as it is.

  14. nsikak December 31, 2012 at 11:05 am

    That is the picture of courage and she remains faithful to her people too. Great woman.

  15. Muhammad Adio December 31, 2012 at 11:25 am


  16. John Nwa Okposi December 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Chineke, Chukwunna, Chikadibia, Chiobioma, Dikenagha, Odogwuakataka, Onyiukwu, Ojinkatakurummiri, Onyiike, Ononigwe-ogodo-ya-nakpunala, Echeta-obi-esieike, Agbakata-dike-izu-agbariaya, Omakaosidiri-ndiigbo, Chinenyeamamihe, Chinenyeudo, Igwenezereoha, Chinekediagidigba, Eze-ndi-eze, Chukwuobiebere, Ndi-Okposi n’akpo gi Owereivewereenyi. O nwere aha aga etu gi ga ezuru gi Chukwunegbomkpa? Ndigbo nile na enye gi ekele na udo nke itinyere na etiti anyi na afo puku abuo na iri na abuo a. I zoputara anyi n’aka ndi ojoo n’agbanyeghi atumatu ekwensu na ndi-olu ya. Ekwensu si uzo di iche iche gbaa mgba gbagide Ndigbo ma na-ulo ma na-ezi, kama o nweghi ihe gbara gi ghari. Chineke, anyi enweghi onye ozo ma ewezuga gi, anyi dika ndi ajuru aju ma n’ala Igbo, na Naijeria, ma na mba uwa nile, anyi enweghi ndi Ndu (nke ka nke na Ebonyi na Abia Steeti), anyi enweghi onye na ekwuchitara anyi. Ihe juputara ala Igbo bu ndi ochichi (ochichi nchigbu). Ezichi, biko gbanwere anyi ndi ochichi a wee nye anyi ndi ndu dika anyi n’abanye n’afo ohuru a. Gi onwe gi ma na Igbo enweghi eze, Ojukwu anwuola, ike a gwukwuola Uwazuruike, biko Eze-ndi-eze, anyi a yoo gi mgbahara site na aha nwa gi bu Jisos. Na ezie, anyi ejehiela, anyi akpasuola gi iwe ebe o di ukwuu, anyi di dika unyi na iru gi. Uwa nile na ahuzi anyi dika ndi ori, ndi nto, ndi ogwu ego, ndi ajuru aju, ndi ejikotaghi onwe ha onu, na ndi ajo ihe ojoo nile di iche iche. Biko Chineke, e jim anya mmiri egburu gi ikpere n’ala wee n’ayo gi mgbaghara na isi Ndigbo nile, ihere na emezi m. Gini ka nwoke si mba Ofesi lota ka ya nye aka dozie obodo ya na Enugu mere ndi a wezugara ndu (gbagburu) ya. Nwoke lotara ulo ka ya nyere ndi obodo ya aka wee si otu ahu laa mmuo. Anyi akpasuola gi iwe nke ukwuu, anyi emeruola ala, anyi amaghi ihe, anyi joro njo, anyi ekweghi ekwe. Kama Chiobiebere, onweghi ihe nyiri gi omume, sachaa ala Igbo ka o di ocha, mere anyi ebere, mee ka anyi wufue ihe ojoo nile ndia ka ha soro afo puku abuo na iri na abuo a laa mmuo, mee ka anyi banye n’afo puku abuo na iri na ato na ejighi ajo omume ndia. Biere anyi ekwensu aka n’aja, Jikota ndigbo nile, kuziere anyi ihe bu ihunanya, mee ka udo bata na etiti anyi dika anyi n’abanye na afo ohuru a n’aha Jisos bu onye nwe Ndigbo nile, Amin.

    I g’enweta m na: nkiti asato nkiti ato itolu ano nkiti asato otu itolu abuo

  17. Chima masky January 1, 2013 at 2:16 am

    Good mama i like ur step nd stand, continue wit ur good work as a leader, God wil bless u nd ur Administration.

  18. Foretell January 1, 2013 at 2:26 am

    This is a great woman! I was priviledged to see her sometime ago at her hotel in abuja. We need more of your kind Madam.

  19. afwil2 January 1, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    waoh so we still have women like these in dis generatn, bold, outspoken n fierce, dis is an xample of a virtuos woman, rmember d biblical esther d intercessor?

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