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Controversy Surrounds Appointment of New Ologbotsere in Warri Kingdom

The Olu of Warri Kingdom, HRM Ogiame Atuwatse III, installed a new Ologbotsere (Prime Minister) of the Warri Kingdom on Sunday, which resulted in controversy. The new Ologbotsere, Chief Oma Eyewuoma, a former Aboludero of the Warri Kingdom, was appointed at the palace of the monarch in Warri.

During the ceremony, the Olu of Warri Kingdom stated that “true reconciliation will not be forced on Ogiame” and that he will determine the terms of reconciliation. He also emphasized that no son or daughter of Itsekiri will hold the throne for ransom.

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However, shortly after the appointment, Chief Ayirimi Emami walked out of the Olu of Warri, claiming that he was still the Ologbotsere. He showed the traditional beads and the sword presented to him by former Kings, HRM Ogiame Atuwatse II and HRM Ogiame Ikenwoli, and the Uda.

The spokesman for the Ologbotsere descendants worldwide, Alex Eyengho, later addressed the press, explaining that the Ologbotsere title is “till death.” He argued that for Emami to accept the title of his father, which is a “lesser title in the name of peace” would amount to “peace of the graveyard.”

Former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayodele Joseph Oritsejafor, walked out of the meeting in protest. Meanwhile, the former Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, was present and remained at the event until it ended. Other prominent Itsekiri sons, including palace chiefs, who were there, were left disappointed.

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The controversy surrounding the appointment of the new Ologbotsere has sparked reactions from the Itsekiri community, with many expressing their opinions on the matter. Some have questioned the legitimacy of the appointment, while others have criticized the actions of those who walked out of the ceremony.

The Itsekiri National Youth Council Worldwide has called for calm and urged all parties to respect the decision of the Olu of Warri Kingdom. In a statement released on Monday, the Council emphasized the need for unity and urged the Itsekiri people to come together and work towards the development of the Warri Kingdom.

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Meanwhile, the Olu of Warri Kingdom has assured the Itsekiri people that he remains committed to the peace and development of the Warri Kingdom. He urged all parties to put their differences aside and work towards the progress of the kingdom.

The controversy surrounding the appointment of the new Ologbotsere highlights the need for peaceful conflict resolution in traditional institutions. The appointment of traditional rulers and chiefs should be guided by transparency, accountability, and due process. It is essential to respect the traditions and customs of each community and ensure that the interests of all parties are represented.

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In conclusion, the appointment of the new Ologbotsere of the Warri Kingdom has sparked controversy, with some disputing the legitimacy of the appointment. However, it is crucial for all parties to respect the decision of the Olu of Warri Kingdom and work towards the progress and development of the Warri Kingdom. Peaceful conflict resolution is essential in traditional institutions, and transparency, accountability, and due process should guide the appointment of traditional rulers and chiefs.

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