What Ooni of Ife, Obasanjo told Olu of Warri

The new Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III, was crowned as the 21st Olu of Warri at Ode-Itsekiri, Isekiri’s ancestral home, in pomp and grandeur.

The monarch succeeded his father Ogiame Ikenwoli Atuwatse ll, who died in December 2020.

Before ascending the throne, the 37-year-old worked in a government petroleum company and the private sector.

During the coronation and thanksgiving service at the palace chapel the next day, comments made by two dignitaries caught the attention of guests.

The Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, spoke on behalf of traditional rulers in his capacity as the co-Chairman, National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NYCN).

Welcoming the Olu into the fold, the Ojaja II said the NYCN and the Oduduwa race were excited about his emergence.

“We are all very delighted to welcome you on board as one of our brother kings. I want to appeal to you, you are the father of the entire Itsekiri Kingdom now.

“You are the father to the good and the bad. You have to embrace the entire kingdom of Warri and extend a hand of fellowship to all. Make sure your leadership is a fatherly leadership”, the Ooni said.

In his remark, former President Olusegun Obasanjo urged the Olu to unite his people, seek elders’ counsel and stay close to God.

“Two things: Do not shun the experience and advice of elders; experience is wisdom. Be very close to God.

“You must diligently perform the task God has entrusted to you as this position was given to you by God.”

Obasanjo told the Olu of Warri to always remember that “His Majesty” carries a lot of responsibilities.

The Ogun-born retired General made headlines for kneeling before the monarch.

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