The Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse II
Warri Traditional Council of Chiefs officially announced the demise of Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwase 11 on Saturday, which laid to rest the controversy surrounding the death of the monarch.
NAN reports that Chief Yahya Pessu, member, Olu Advisory Council and other chiefs announced the Atuwase’s death in Ode-Itsekiri, the ancestral home of Itsekiri nation.
He also announced Mr Godfrey Emiko as the Olu-designate, which was accompanied by wide ovation from the Itsekiri sons and daughters present at the event.
Before the announcement, a chalk wrapped with red and black clothes was smashed on the ground three times to symbolise the demise of the monarch, and it was accompanied by 17 cannons shots.
The influential Itsekiri King, who reigned for 28 years, was reported to have died in a private hospital on September 5 in Lagos.
The septuagenarian’s death threw anxiety among the people after the chiefs kept mum over the state of health of the monarch.
Addressing newsmen, Pessu said the Itsekiri people would be in a mourning mood in the next three months till the burial rite was concluded.
“All Itsekiri adults both male and female will put their clothes inside out throughout this period of mourning.
“No party, no drumming or merriment of any sort in Itsekiri land, until the burial is over and new Olu installed,” he said.
Also Prof. Jim Omatseye said the choice of the Olu designate would usher in peace and security into the Itsekiri land.
“The Olu designate will be in seclusion in the next 90 days to receive advice from elders in the kingdom.
“This is a training period for him where he will be exposed to a lot of cultural activities,” he said.
Omatseye, who described Emiko as articulate and intelligent man, said his choice was widely accepted by the Itsekiri people including himself.
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Source:: PM Newspaper