The newly coronated Olu of Warri, HRM Ogiame Atuwatse III, Tshola Emiko, has been admonished by the chairman of the Delta state Traditional Rulers’ Council, the Obi of Owa Kingdom, Dr Emmanuel Efeizomor II, to be magnanimous in victory while handling the affairs of Itshekiri land.
This was against the backdrop of the crisis that trailed the emergence of the Olu and the subsequent legal fireworks to void his coronation by the dethroned Ologbosere of the Kingdom.
The Olu, who pledged to partner and work with the traditional rulers’ council in the state during his visit to Owa Oyibu in Ika North East local government area expressed satisfaction with the leadership style of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and said he would do everything to ensure that his administration finished strong on its set agenda.
The reception of the Olu to Owa was greeted with a marriage of the Itshekiri and Ika culture, as their citizens demonstrated unity and strength amidst cultural diversity.
The Warri monarch said the visit forms part of his first official tour outside his kingdom since his coronation on August 21, this year.
He said, “today is our first official outing outside the palace, we have visited state Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, we have also visited the Asagba of Asaba, we felt this is a good opportunity to come to Owa to see you not only as the father of the governor but also as the Chairman of the Council of Traditional Rulers in the state”.
“Let it be on record that we are pledging our support for the traditional rulers and the council, we are also pledging our support and prayers for the state government to ensure that it finishes stronger, this is the line we are towing”.
The Olu made bold to say the best was yet to come to the state hence the traditional institution would ensure that state takes it pride of place among the comity of states in Nigeria.
However, the Owa maonarh urged the Olu to be magnanimous in victory by way of accommodating everybody. He called on his subjects to give the new Olu maximum support for the peace, progress and development of Itshekiri land.
He warned detractors to desist from setting the traditional institution in state apart, saying, ”we will not be happy. Nobody should support such a person, because nobody will want to have crisis in his territory and feel comfortable.”