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Emulate Itsekiri Smooth Succession System–Idjere Monarch

Posted: Sep 26, 2015 at 12:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emma Arubi,


The traditional ruler of Idjere kingdom in Delta State, Otadaferua Edward Igho,  Erhiekevwe 1, has charged all ethnic nationalities in the state to emulate the smooth transition and succession system to throne as practised by the Itsekiri nation.

The monarch made thesuggestion at the palace of the Olu of Warri Thursday when members   of Fellowship of Christian Traditional Rulers of Nigeria, FECTRON, paid a condolence visit to the regent and chiefs of Warri kingdom following the demise of His Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse 11 and congratulated the Itsekiri Nation for the smooth transition and emergence of Olu of Warri designate, Prince Godfrey Ikenwoli Emiko, saying it is worthy of emulation.

The monarchs who were represented by HRM R.L. Ogbon, Ogoni-Owhorode 1, of Olomu kingdom; the Ovie of Idjerhe Kingdom, Erhiekevwe I; the Obi of Ute-Okpu, Pastor Solomon Chukwuka;  the Obi of Otolokpo, Ezemuali Aluoma Collins and the Obi of Ubulu- Uno, Obi (Dr.) Kikachukwu described The late Ogiame Atuwatse II as their true friend.

Leader of the delegation, the Owhrode of Olomu Kingdom in Ughelli South Local Government Area, disclosed that the late Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse II was the Founder and National Chairman of Fellowship of Christian Traditional Rulers of Nigeria, FECTRON, adding that the revered transited monarch was billed to lead FECTRON delegation to South Africa in few weeks for a conference before his demise.

The Ovie of Idjerhe Kingdom in Ethiope West Local Government Area, HRM Erhiekevwe I in an earlier remark, noted that traditional Kings don’t die but they only came to share with the Itsekiri people on “the one that has come in”.

Responding on behalf of Itsekiri Nation, Chief Charles Ikomi expressed gratitude to God for the length of time He gave the departed Ogiame Atuwatse II “despite the challenges he faced” and declared that “The Lord took him when it pleased Him” and promised to duly inform the traditional rulers at the appropriate time when burial and installation ceremonies would commence and thanked them profusely for the show of love for the Itsekiri people.

Itsekiri Chiefs who were present at the Olu of Warri Palace in Warri to receive the five-man delegation include Chief Sunny Rone, Chief Emmanuel Jones, Chief Otimeyin Adams, Chief Ayirimi Emami and Chief (Dr.) Richmond Macgrey, with the Regent, Prince Eroro Emiko and Head of the Emiko Royal family, Dr. Duakpemi Ayu in attendance.