By Eseoghene Emuke
The final traditional burial rites for the Orosuen of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom in Warri, Delta State, HRM (Prof.) Oghenero Paul Okumagba, Idama II , has been concluded amidst pomp and eulogies.
The three months burial rites for the revered monarch came to a climax last Saturday September 5, 2019.
Idama II, a renowned professor Sociology with the Delta State University, Abraka, joined his ancestors July, 2019.
He had ascended the throne of his fathers less than two years of being crowned as the monarch.
The event which took place at the palace of the Orosuen, had dignitaries from all walks of life including Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori.
Governor Okowa, while paying tribute to the monarch, he described him as peaceful monarch.
Okowa, represented by his Senior Political Adviser, Hon. Solomon Funkekeme, enjoined the people of ancient Okere-Urhobo Kingdom to sustain the peaceful legacy the traditional ruler left behind.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Otota (traditional prime minister), Chief Wilson Eboh described the day as, “the end of an era in the history” of the kingdom.
He stated that the late monarch’s reign was a peaceful and happy one.
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“He served his people with great passion. He was a great and brilliant academician, an educationist, a down-to-earth disciplinarian par excellence, a patriotic ruler, a man who touched the lives of many people as a University lecturer both within Delta State, Nigeria and beyond,” the Otota praised.
Personalities who graced the epoch occasion include, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege represented by Chief Omeni Sobotie, lawmaker representing Warri Federal Constituency, Chief Thomas Ereyitomi, Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sherrif Oborevwori, chairman of the council, Dr. Michael Tidi, among others.
Climax of the event was a special presentation, the ‘Ema’ Dance, by the Okere-Urhobo council of chiefs.