Prince Arthur Eze, the well known Anambra businessman, has described as inconsequential the call by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, for the banishment of those monarchs, 12 in number who accompanied him to Abuja.
Eze’s reaction is in reference to an advice by Ngige on Saturday for the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, to banish the monarchs for travelling outside the state without government’s authorisation.
Ngige even went further to also suggest that Eze be punished accordingly for sabotage.
However, Eze in his reaction through a statement on Sunday by his Head, Media Directorate, Okpala Okechukwu, said, “The attention of the media directorate to the foremost philanthropist, industrialist business mogul and oil merchant, Prince Engr Arthur Eze has been drawn to a call by one Dr Chris Nwabueze Ngigie of Alor town.
“One would have thought that anybody occupying such a respectable office like Nwabueze Ngigie should be a person with a sound mind, articulate, well educated and with a broad knowledge of contemporary issues in the country’s orbit of partisan politics.
“One wonders how a minister and a former governor can wake up overnight and start calling on a state governor to banish traditional rulers whose only offence is that they took a trip to Abuja to commend the president, for the magnificent jobs he is doing for the people of their geo-political zone.
He further stated that Ngige did not take time to study the underground colourations given to the trip for political reasons by the state government, adding that ” No section of the Nigerian constitution empowers a state governor to banish or trample on the fundamental human rights of any Nigerian citizen.