President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the Itsekiri nation to reconcile after the announcement of a brand new Olu of Warri-designate.
Buhari, in a message to the Itsekiri by his Particular Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, prayed for a peaceable reign underneath Olu of Warri-designate, Prince Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko.
“President Muhammadu Buhari sends honest greetings to the Itsekiri nation on the announcement of a brand new Olu of Warri, as pronounced by the Iyatsere of Warri Kingdom.
“The President additionally condoles with the Itsekiris on the passage of the instant previous Olu, His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli, which was equally formally introduced.
“President Buhari prays that the Olu-designate, Prince Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko, can have a peaceable reign, signposted by huge growth of Itsekiri land.
“He counsels love and reconciliation after a pulsating race for the throne, noting that peradventure any dissension exists, such ought to be resolved by means of due course of.
“Because the Itsekiri nation mourns their departed Olu for 3 months, President Buhari prays godly consolation for them, and a clean ascendancy for the incoming monarch,” the assertion stated.
The suspended Ologbotsere of Warri, Chief Ayiri Emami, yesterday defined that his opposition to the emergence of Prince Emiko as Olu-elect was due to the failure of the Ruling Home to stick to due course of.
He stated he was not eyeing the place and described the Olu-elect as his pal.
He stated: “I’ve no private drawback with Tsola Emiko. He’s very near me. All I stated is that he should comply with the custom and customized. I can’t dance to the gallery.”
Emami spoke on Come up TV monitored in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.
He stated: “The oracle has the ultimate say, however it’s after the due course of. What’s the due course of? It’s the course of performed by the Ologbotsere.”
He added that solely the Olu has the ability to droop him or take away him as Ologbotsere.
Itsekiri Leaders of Thought (ILOT) secretary Sunny Amorighoye Mene criticised Emami’s opposition. He informed The Nation the Itsekiri physique was desirous of a peaceable decision of the disaster.
“There may be nothing like Prime Minister in Warri Kingdom. There may be one Olu (monarch) and chiefs appointed by him. All chiefs have solely three capabilities in Itsekiri: Uko Olu (Olu’s messenger), who just like the title implies are Olu’s emissaries; Aya-Olu (Olu’s maidens) as a result of they maintain the Olu; and eventually they’re the Olu’s advisers.
“Past the above, they don’t have every other perform. There may be No 2, 3 or every other quantity. We have now Ogiame and Aja (that’s the individuals). The individuals personal the Olu and he owns the individuals. The phrase Prime Minister will not be within the Itsekiri language; it’s alien to our individuals and no one can act rather than the Olu. The Ologbotsere is probably the most senior chief. It is very important make these clarifications as a result of I maintain seeing individuals referring to Prime Minister. No, it doesn’t exist in our kingdom.”
The President of the Nigeria Soccer Federation (NFF), Mr Amaju Pinnick, urged Emami to provide peace an opportunity. He congratulated the Olu-elect.
He added that the Itsekiri had previously settled disaster as a united household.
“He (Chief Ayiri Emami) is aware of the method can by no means ever be reversed. It’s not potential. The method is fixated on crowning Prince Tsola Emiko in three months’ time. And by God’s grace, nothing will cease it.
“The edict was put collectively by individuals with numerous persuasions and pursuits. We aren’t going to enter that. The Structure of Nigeria is superior to that edict.
“You (Chief Ayiri Emami) have paid your dues in Iwere land. I’m interesting to you to not permit your self for use by these hiding underneath you.
“This isn’t the Itsekiri that I do know. Every little thing we do, we do it inside the confines of the Aghofen (Palace Household) and it ends there.
“We had 20 Olus and 4 Ologbotseres. What does that let you know? Of the 4 Ologbotseres, just one has topped the Olu. What has occurred? Nothing! And nothing will occur in three months’ time.”