New Olu Of Warri Emerges!..

New Olu Of Warri Emerges
By Chido Okafor, Warri on September 20, 2015
2:41 am


AMID canon shots and ovations, yesterday, at
Ode-Itsekiri, the ancestral home of the Itsekiri
people, the traditional council announced the
demise of the late Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse
Shortly after, the Olu designate, Prince
Godfrey Ikenwoli Emiko, was also
announced. Fourteen canon shots were
fired into the air to bid farewell to the
late monarch.
The Ojomo of Warri, Chief Yaya Pessu,
formally unveiled Prince Emiko. He also
performed the traditional ritual of the
breaking of a red pot at the palace
premises. It was learnt that following the
death of Atuwatse II, prominent chiefs of
Warri Kingdom, including Chief Yaya
Pessu and Chief Isaac Jemide, consulted
the Itsekiri traditional ancestry from
where it was learnt that the ancestors
favoured Prince Emiko. Many Itsekiri
leaders who graced the ceremony were
in a pensive mood.
Some refused to make comments, saying
they were still pained by the demise of
the late monarch. After the Olu designate
was made known to the people, he was
led away amid tight security.
Hundreds of mourners who thronged the
Ode-Itsekiri palace shed tears
intermittently after the disclosure of the
death. Chiefs Yaya Pessu and Thomas
Ereyitome who spoke to reporters shortly
after the ceremony said the Olu-
designate would go into seclusion for 90
days, as prelude to his coronation.
They disclosed that time for the burial of
the late Olu would soon be made known
to all Itsekiri people. Member
representing the Warri Federal
Constituency in the Federal House of
Representatives, Mr. Daniel Reyenieju,
described the passing away of the Olu as
a tragedy of monumental proportion, not
only to the Itsekiri nation, but also to the
people of Delta State and all Nigerians.
At the announcement of the monarch’s
death, yesterday, Reyenieju said the late
Atuwatse was most exemplary and
focused in his quest for the development
of his kingdom and for the interest of
itsekiri. He added that the Olu was
boundless in his quest for justice for all
he came across. He congratulated the
new Olu-elect and thanked members of
the Warri traditional council, and the
entire itsekiri nation for a peaceful