An associate of Senator representing Delta South, James Manager, has explained why he was seen kneeling before a former Governor, James Ibori, in a picture that has gone viral.
The source, a senior Urhobo chief who spoke with TheNewsGuru.com explained that it is nothing unusual in Urhobo culture for a younger person to kneel before an elder especially when the elder is praying for the younger person. It is mandatory. It has nothing to do with position or power. You can be a multi-billionaire and still kneel before an elder who probably doesn’t know where his next meal will come from.
Other sources have also confirmed that the picture was taken on Wednesday when Manager paid Ibori a courtesy visit.
Senator Manager visited Chief Ibori on Wednesday as part of his consultation to decide on his next political move.
Ibori is senior to and an elder to Senator Manager. He was also his former boss. Manager was Commissioner for Works when Ibori was Governor of Delta state.
It is common knowledge that When you go to pay homage to an Urhobo elder or someone you hold in high esteem, you kneel down when he is praying for you.
It is a sign of respect for people to show who the person is to them.
Another source who spoke with PUNCH has this to say:
“You don’t expect the senator to stand up to address Ibori.
“Senator came to pay homage to him because he had not seen Ibori in a long time and he took drinks.
“Those are the drinks you see on the table in the picture.”
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