The newly crowned Olu of Warri, His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli Emiko 1, has assured people of Warri Kingdom and Itsekiri neighbours that he will ensure a peaceful reign as well as provide enabling environment for economic and social life to thrive in Warri Kingdom.
The new Warri Monarch who gave the assurance shortly after he was crowned as the 20th Olu of Warri, Saturday December 12, 2015 at Ode-Itsekiri, the ancestral home of Itsekiri people, thanked Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa for his leadership and enjoined him to do more in terms of job creation as well as positive youth engagement.
Secretary to Government of The Federation, SGF, Babachir David Lawal who represented President Muhammadu Buhari, noted that no Itsekiri son or daughter has been found culpable in the ongoing corruption cases in the country and commended Itsekiri people for peacefully choosing their Monarch.
He called on the Warri Monarch to partner the Federal Government in the quest to tackle unemployment in the country.
Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa in a remark stated that the manner the new Olu of Warri was chosen “speaks volume of the unity of Itsekiri Nation”.
Dr. Okowa promised to work closely with the traditional institutions with a view to developing the grassroots in Delta State.
The newly crowned Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, who made his first official outing by gracing the coronation of the new Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli 1, spoke of the historical ties between the Itsekiri Nation and their Ife brothers and expressed optimism that the relationship will continue.
Speaking earlier, Chairman of Warri Advisory Council and Warri Council of Chiefs, Chief Tesigiweno Yahaya Pessu explained that Itsekiris were determined to succeed during their trying period hence the grandeur that greeted the colourful coronation of their new king.
Our Senior Correspondent reports that there were goodwill messages from prominent traditional rulers such as the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Emeka Achebe, The Orodje of Okpe and The Ovie of Agbon Kingdom, Ukori 1.
The colourful ceremony climaxed with the wearing of the exalted crown on the new Olu in line with the Itsekiri tradition by the Head (Olare-Aja) of Jakpa, Pa. Higson Jofotan Oporokun, who is from the respected Ologbotsere family of Warri Kingdom.
The array of eminent personalities who graced the historic event include All Progressives Congress, APC, National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the member representing Delta South Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Senator James Manager, the member representing Isoko Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Hon. Leo Ogor, Delta State Deputy Governor, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, immediate past Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, representative of Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, Senator Abdullahi Girel, The Pere of Ogulagha Kingdom, Capt. Joseph Timiyan, Obi of Owa Kingdom, Dr. Efeizomor, The Ovie of Uvwie, Abe 1, Ovie of Okpe –Isoko, Ekpolo II, The Obong of Calabar, representative of The Oba of Benin as well as prominent Itsekiri Chiefs, politicians and technocrats.