OPU-NEMBE-The newly-installed Amayanabo of Opu Nembe Kingdom in Bayelsa State, HRM King Biobelemoye Josiah, Ogbodo VIII, has said he will be friendly to those who have the interest of the kingdom at heart.
He said this while addressing a cross-section of chiefs, deputy chiefs, elders, women and youths at the Opu Nembe Civic Center.
King Josiah, who had earlier attended the thanksgiving service held at the First Baptist Church, thanked the people of Opu Nembe for their peaceful conduct during the election that enthroned him as well as the formal chalking rites which lasted for seven days.
“I thank you with a heart full of joy. I am not the oldest, I am not the wisest, I am not the biggest, yet you elected me to rule a great kingdom like Opu Nembe that has been existing for many years.
“Today, being Sunday, I make a vow that I will not lead you astray.
“I will be a friend to anyone who comes to discuss things that will move Opu Nembe forward. And if I realize that your discussions with me will not greatly benefit the kingdom, then I will frown at you.
“I will respect everybody that deserves respect. I will respect the council of chiefs and their deputies accordingly. I will also respect the elders, women, and youths as well,” King Josiah said.
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He noted that he grew up in Opu Nembe and has been actively involved in the affairs of the kingdom even before his emergence as king.
He, therefore, said that he is fully aware of the challenges of the community especially on the issue of power supply and other basic infrastructures, promising that he will ensure Opu Nembe gets the needed development and be the envy of other kingdoms.
Mangrovepen.ng recalls that King Josiah, before his emergence, was the National President of the Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) and also the National Chairman, Joint Health Sector Unions of Nigeria (JOHESU).
He was declared winner of the kingship election after polling the majority of the votes by Opu Nembe chiefs on Saturday 29th May 2021. Other contestants of the election were: Chief Onayante Monday-Keremah, Baratuipre Edoghotu-Edogho, Chief Darius Obiene-Dede and Admiral Victor Ombu.