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Olu Of Warri Commended Over Riot Act To Community Heads And Leaders

Posted: Jan 17, 2016 at 5:13 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
By Emma Arubi
The National Public Relations Officer of oil-rich Deghele community in Warri South-West Council Area of Delta State, Mr. Johnbull Edema, has applauded the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli, over his recent policy statement restricting the headship (Olara-Aja) of every Itsekiri community to only the most elderly man residing in the community.
Mr. Johnbull Edema also commended the royal father for timely warning that no community youth leader should ever again aspire to run for a second term in office at the expiration of his first tenure and appealed to community heads in the diaspora to relocate to their various communities to properly discharge their functions effectively.
While saying that the royal father’s stance that anyone above 40 years is no longer a youth is quite germane, Mr. Edema advice communities with a 2nd tenure provision in their constitution to amend same in line with the Olu’s warning for there to be peace and harmony in the communities, noting that power tussle over tenureship has been the bane of all Itsekiri communities due to sit tight syndrome of these leaders.

The Warri monarch had on Thursday at his Palace in Warri, Delta State

disclosed plans to set up a constitution drafting committee for Itsekiri Nation with a view to checking the excesses of some of his subjects while addressing a gathering of Warri Chiefs as well as Itsekiri sons and daughters from different communities that make up Warri kingdom.
While noting that Itsekiri interest in institutions such as DESOPADEC, NDDC and the Itsekiri Regional Development Committee, IRDC, should be able to fund the Itsekiri Trust-fund to enable it serve its desired purpose, the Olu declared that he does not “know any faction in Itsekiri land”, apparently referring to the factionalisation in Itsekiri groups such as Itsekiri National Youth Council, INYC and National Association of Itsekiri Graduates, NAIG.
He tasked his subjects to respect constituted authorities and averred that the process of selecting the oldest person (Olare-Aja) in any community is solely the responsibility of that community, even as he stressed that no Olare-Aja should reside outside his community and he has no plan to impose such headship on the communities.
He advised leaders on the need to vacate their positions at the expiration of their tenure and stated that youthfulness stops at the age of 40.