Nigeria: Warri boils again as paramount ruler abolish tradition and kingship title

By Fejiro Oliver

“Henceforth, I submit and present the title ‘ogiame’ to God, the creator, who made the sea and rules over all. Therefore, no Olu or person may bear the title or name that now belongs to God. I nullify all tokens of libation poured on the land and seas or sprinkled into the air in Iwere land. I frustrate all

sacrifices of wine, blood, food water, kola nuts and other items offered in Iwere land. In conformity with the new covenant, through the blood of Jesus, I release the royal bloodline, the chiefs of the Iwere kingdom, the Iwere people and land, waters and atmosphere of Iwere kingdom from all ties to other spiritual covenants and agreements”
With the above royal pronunciation, the Olu of Warri, Atuwase II, decreed a stop to all form of idol worshipping in the land; an action that has made the Itsekiri people to begin mobilization for his dethronement. The youths are royal family have come out enmasse to reject the statement of the king and his banning of the revered title ‘ogiame’, a title they say represent the ancient identity, custom, heritage and symbol of the Warri kingdom.
The third day of the protest has seen youths and women erecting canopies and cooking in front of the palace gate, with a huge bon fire set outside the gate.
Several sources who spoke to stated that the king’s end is near, haven tampered with a tradition that is over 500 years old. They noted that the intervention of the Delta State governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan who is also an Itsekiri cannot stop the king from vacating the throne for a royal blood that respects the tradition.
The Olu of Warri, who is a staunch member of the Foursquare gospel church, has stood his ground, vowing not to go back on his decree.

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