By Eseoghene Emuke
The Olu of Warri, His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli has emphasized calls for peace and unity among the various ethnic nations in Warri and its environs.
Ogiame, while speaking at the 2018 End of Year Party of the Warri Rebirth Initiative (WRI), on Monday, also advised parents to train their wards against becoming tools for criminal activities.
According to the monarch, it was up to the people to maintain and sustain the peace currently existing in the area.
The Olu, represented by Prince Yemi Emiko, recalled that as children, one could hardly tell another’s tribe, whether Urhobo, Itsekiri, Ijaw, Isoko and so on, because they had lived as one.
He added that even though they had engaged in one or two vices at the time, they never cheated, stole nor played with their academic education.
Meanwhile, a former Delta state Head of Service, Mr. Patrick Origho, has appealed to stakeholders of the oil city to shun “hate speeches”.
Origho, while echoing the traditional ruler’s words stated that with commitment on the part of the different tribes lasting peace will be achieved.
“If they (ethnic groups) think and work as one, we will certainly get there. Peace not based on grievances, but peace that will make people think in the right form. I think, that’s exactly the commitment I want all and sundry to be committed to.”
Others who attended the occasion include chairman WRI, Mr. Kess Agbosa, chairman of the event, Prof. Peter Eruotor and Sanitarian Matthew Alaka, who gave a lecture on keeping the environment clean.