The new Olu, Ogiame Atuwatse III, was crowned as the 21st Olu of Warri on Saturday at Ode-Itsekiri, ancestral home of the Itsekiri.
Having been called upon to speak on behalf of all the Nigerian traditional rulers in his capacity as the natural head of Oduduwa Race worldwide and Co-chairman of National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NYCN) to bless the new Olu of Warri and welcome him into the fold, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife, described the event as a red-letter day in the Itsekiri Kingdom and in the Oduduwa nation at large.
“The entire Oduduwa Race was elated about your emergence as the Olu of Warri. We are indeed happy and excited with this development.
“We the traditional rulers in Nigeria are all very delighted to welcome you on board as one of our brother kings,
“You can feel the energy in the air in Itsekiri Kingdom, you are loved by your people. I want to appeal to you, you are the father of the entire Itsekiri Kingdom now. You are the father to the good, you are the father to the bad, and you are the father to the ugly. You have to embrace the entire kingdom of Warri, extend a hand of fellowship to all and sundry, make sure that your leadership is a fatherly leadership.
Olusegun Obasanjo with Olu of Warri
“For today, God almighty and the spirit of our ancestors will continue to guide you, guard you, and lead you right in all the decisions you will be making on this throne of your forebears. We love and we appreciate and we will work with you.” Ooni said.
The representatives of the Oba of Benin, Ewuare II said “We all know what happened there when the Omo N’Oba prayed in the inner chambers of the palace. Omo N’Oba says you are going to live long. Omo N’Oba says your reign shall be peaceful. Omo N’Oba wishes you very well.”
President Muhammadu Buhari, represented by Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, said he was hopeful the reign of the monarch would witness progress, peace and development in the kingdom.
Omo-Agege, whose mother is Itsekiri, later gave his own goodwill message, assuring that he will continue to support the monarch , adding that he should see him as one of his senators in the National Assembly.
Prominent Nigerian traditional rulers pthat graced the coronation occasion on Saturday at Ode Itsekiri include, Arole Oodua Olofin Adimula, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife, Olowo of Owo kingdom, HRM, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye, Ohinoyi of Ebira land, HRM, Alhaji Dr Abdul Rahman Ado Ibrahim, the Oore of Otun-Ekiti, HRM, Oba Adekunle Adeagbo, the Akarigbo of Remo, HRM, Oba Babatunde Adewale Ajayi, the Olubosin of Ifetedo, HRM, Oba Akinola Akinrera and others.