- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has sent his condolences to the Itsekiri people over the demise of the Olu of Warri
- The governor formally sent his message of solidarity to the people after a delegation from the Olu of Warri Advisory Council visited him
- Governor Okowa described the late monarch as a bridge-builder and a messenger of peace
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Thursday, April 22 condoled with the Itsekiri people in the state on the passing of their monarch, Ogiame Ikenwoli, the Olu of Warri.
Okowa told members of Olu of Warri Advisory Council, who visited him at Government House, Asaba, that the departed Olu was an epitome of peace who built bridges across ethnic divides in the country.
He stated that the late Ogiame contributed immensely to the peace and development of not only the Warri Kingdom but the state and the country.
A statement sent to Legit.ng by the Delta state government quoted the governor as saying:
“We thank God for the life of his Royal Majesty who has gone to the great beyond and I pray that the Itsekiri nation will continue to work for peace because he was an epitome of peace.”
The governor also congratulated the Olu-designate, Prince Tsola Emiko, on his emergence and called on the Itsekiri people to give him their full support.
He urged the Olu Advisory Council led by the Iyatsere of Warri Kingdom, Chief Johnson Atserungleghe, to do its best to unite everyone and ensure that there was peace in the Warri Kingdom.
He urged all aggrieved persons in the process of picking a new Olu to sheath their swords to ensure that everything was done peacefully and in unity in the overall interest of the Itsekiri people.
Earlier, the delegation which spoke through Chief Brown Mene, said its visit was to intimate the governor on the demise of the Warri monarch and the enthronement of a new one.
Meanwhile, Governor Okowa on Tuesday, April 20 advised citizens and communities to eschew hostilities, especially ones associated with land ownership, saying no amount of land was worth the blood of any Deltan.
Okowa gave the advice in Asaba while receiving the report of the judicial commission of enquiry into the boundary dispute between Ozoro and Oleh communities in Isoko North and Isoko South local government areas of the state.
According to him, there is no amount of land that should actually lead to the death of any person whether the person is from Oleh, Ozoro or any other part of the state.
In a related development, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, has said that the proliferation of illegal arms in the country was a threat to Nigeria's corporate existence.
Irabor disclosed this on Thursday, April 15 while addressing journalists after a courtesy visit to Governor Okowa at Government House, Asaba.
He said the presidential directive to shoot-at-sight anyone with an AK-47 rifle was very clear and must be enforced, adding that Nigeria as a country forbade illegal bearing of arms.