Governor Ifeanyi Okowa presenting a gift to Ogiame Atuwatse III

The Olu of Warri Kingdom, Ogiame Atuwatse III paid a thank you visit to the Delta State Governor, His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa on the 5th of November 2021. This would be the first official visit by Ogiame Atuwatse III since his coronation in August 2021. It would be recalled that the Delta State Governor was unable to make the coronation ceremony due to a diary clash as his father was laid to rest on the same day. The governor though attended the thanksgiving ceremony of the First Class Monarch at Aghofen (the Olu of Warri Palace) the next day. 

The Itsekiris living in Asaba on hearing of the visit turned out in large numbers in their colourful dressing to welcome His Imperial Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse III. This turned out to be a massive carnival.

The Governor of Delta State was excited by the visit and thanked Ogiame Atuwatse III for the visit. He advised that his government would continue to work with His Imperial Majesty to promote peace and unity across the state, the geographical region and the entire Nation.  

Delta State Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa commended the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III, for his commitment to peace and development in the kingdom and their neighbours. He congratulated him on his ascension to the throne of his forebears, and expressed delight on the visit to him by the revered king.
 
“I am glad that you visited today and as a government, I want to once again congratulate your Majesty on the ascension to the throne. I must thank Your Majesty for the coronation thanksgiving service in recognition of the supremacy of God over mortals. As we welcome you and your chiefs, I look forward to a perfect working relationship with your palace and the kingdom.
 
“We are hopeful that there is a new dawn in Itsekiri nation and we are hopeful that your majesty is going to pursue the agenda of peace among the various ethnic groups in the state. I pray that God gives you the power and wisdom to continue to work for the peace and unity of our country,’’ the governor said and commended the Olu for his promise to work with their neighbours to ensure that Delta was peaceful. According to him, where there is peace, there is development.
 
Okowa remarked that only God made kings, and urged the people to accept and respect the monarch for the institution he represented.
“God makes kings and we must all accept the king that has been installed by God, and we must respect the king and the institution that he represents.
 
“Let all the chiefs and people of Warri kingdom work with His Majesty to ensure that peace prevailed in Itsekiri nation, Delta and Nigeria. As our nation continues to grapple with security challenges, all Nigerians need to be on bended knees to pray for the peace and development of this country.
 
“When our religious and traditional rulers are praying for the country and its people, God hears and answers their prayers because they are representatives of the people. It is my prayer that under your reign, the Itsekiri nation will have peace and development so that your people will have cause to glorify the name of our God,” he said.
 
Earlier, Atuwatse III had told the governor that his visit was his first official visit outside his Kingdom since his coronation, adding that his delegation was in Asaba on a thank-you-visit to the Governor for his support during his coronation.
He pledged his commitment to peace and shared prosperity between the Ijaws and Urhobos and other ethnic groups in the state.
 
“Following my coronation on August 21, this year, we have come to Government House today to express the depth of our gratitude for your demonstrated support and respect for the sanctity of our traditional institution, and the entire Itsekiri nation is saying `thank you’.
 
“It is noteworthy that our visit to you is our first official visit outside the Warri Kingdom, and this confirms the importance our throne and people attach both to your person and your office.
 
“On our part, we commit to unwavering support for your visionary leadership and your government’s dedicated effort towards repositioning Delta for sustained growth and development.
 
“As we strive to drive the course of peace and prosperity in Itsekiri land, we are conscious of the greater goal of engendering peaceful co-existence and shared prosperity with our Ijaw and Urhobo neighbours.
 
“Our special focus is to leverage on the huge potentials which our youths represent and it is our hope that we can engage in a productive partnership with the state government in this endeavour,” the Olu stated.
Ogiame Atuwatse III and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa presenting a gift to Ogiame Atuwatse III
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Ogiame Atuwatse III and Ogiame's entourage including the Chiefs of Warri Kingdom

By Aliwere