By Emeka Okafor
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday congratulated Prince Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko as Olu of Warri-designate following his emergence as the new traditional ruler of the Itsekiri people in Delta State.
The President, however, prayed for a peaceful reign for the new monarch.
A statement signed by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, also commiserated with the Itsekiri Nation on the demise of their monarch, Ogiame Ikenwoli.
Buhari, in the statement called on Itsekiri people to unite following disagreement that rocked the process resulting in the emergence of the new traditional ruler.
The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari sends sincere greetings to the Itsekiri nation on the announcement of a new Olu of Warri, as pronounced by the Iyatsere of Warri Kingdom.
“The President also condoles with the Itsekiris on the passage of the immediate past Olu, His Royal Majesty Ogiame Ikenwoli, which was equally formally announced.
“President Buhari prays that the Olu-designate, Prince Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko, will have a peaceful reign, signposted by massive development of Itsekiriland.
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“He counsels love and reconciliation after a pulsating race for the throne, noting that peradventure any dissension exists, such should be resolved through due process.
“As the Itsekiri nation mourns their departed Olu for three months, President Buhari prays godly comfort for them, and a smooth ascendancy for the incoming monarch.”