CORRECTED: In shocking video gone viral, Governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike of Rivers State in Southern Nigeria humiliates a traditional ruler mercilessly – WATCH


Updated: March 7, 2021

It is a shocking video that has now gone viral in Rivers, an oil-rich state in southern Nigeria.

Rivers State is one of the 36 states of Nigeria. Its capital and largest city, Port Harcourt, is economically significant as the centre of Nigeria’s oil industry. Rivers State is bounded on the South by the Atlantic Ocean, to the North by Imo, Abia and Anambra States, to the East by Akwa Ibom State, and to the West by Bayelsa and Delta states.

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In the shocking video, Governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike is seen addressing traditional rulers and complaining about many of them not coming to meet him with their official “staff of office”.

He says many of them walked in carelessly with “ordinary sticks” without the power or backing of office.

He explains to them that the “staff of office” shows they are recognized traditional rulers under the law.

As one traditional rulers begins to nod, the governor stops him and shreds him. He calls him a small boy with oversized clothing who use to run around when he was a boy or a teen.

He accuses him of causing problems all over the state.

But it does not stop there. Watch till the end.

CORRECTION: The previous version of this article incorrectly identified Governor Wike as Governor Obiana. Our apologies have been extended to him and the people of Anambra State


Simon Ateba Washington DC
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on


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