By; ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
The Itsekiri Ethnic nationality has officially announced the date for the burial rites of the late Olu of Warri. His Magesty. Ogiame Ikenwoli.
The chiefs made the announcement to journalists during a news conference Addressed by Chief Johnson Amatserunleghe, JP, the Iyatsere of Warri Kingdom, and acting Chairman, Olu’s Advisory council on the Rites of Passage of His Magesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli and the coronation of Omoba Tsola Emiko, In Warri on thursday May 27, 20201. At the palace of the Olu of Warri.
The burial rites for the late king, His Magesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli, will begin on Friday June, 18th with commendation service here in Warri, to be followed by traditional burial rites at Ode – ltsekiri, the next day 19th, 2021:burial activities will end on Friday July 2nd -act duration of 14days. This phase will also bring to a close the mourning period throughout Warri Kingdom.
In address during the news conference, Chief Johnson Amatserunleghe said, “After due consultation with the regent, Prince Emmanuel Okotie -Eboh, the Ginuwa 1. Ruling House, the council of Chiefs and the Olu -in-council, we are pleased to welcome you all to this auspicious news conference : Parrticularly at this important period in the history of the Itsekiri Ethnic nationality,. I am sure that many of you may have been following event in Warri, especially as it pertains to the succession process to the throne of the Olu of Warri.
“I believe some of you were T Ode – Itsekiri (Big warri) and the on the 5th of April, 2021. When I made the former proclamation of the painful passing of Ogiame Ikenwoli.
“You will recall that on that day, we also made a popular declaration of Omoba Tsola Emiko, as the successor to the throne.
“This was after a rigorous process, which included a painstaking seach within and amongst the desendants of the last three Olus, as required by tradition, costum and extant laws. This process also included consultation and eventual confirmation by the lfa Oracle, which is a sine qua non in the procedure for selecting successor to the revered stool of the Olu of Warri.
“I now wish to make the following authoritative proclamation :
“The burial rites for the our late king, His Magesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli, will begin on Friday June, 18th with commendation service here in Warri, to be followed by traditional burial rites at Ode – ltsekiri, the next day 19th, 2021:burial activities will end on Friday July 2nd -act duration of 14days. This phase will also bring to a close the mourning period throughout Warri Kingdom.
“Gentlemen, I will like to say at this juncture, that the hands of history are upon our shoulders here today; it is my singular honour, esteemed distinction and unique privilege, to declare to you on behalf of the Warri council of kingmakers, that Omoba Tsola Emiko will be crowned and formally installed as the 21st Olu of Warri, on Saturday the 21st day of August, 2021 by the grace of God.
“This will be done at a colourful ceremony in Ode- Itsekiri, beginning with a boat regatta here in Warri.
“Let me also seize this opportunity to thank all Itsekiri sons and daughters, especially our people in Diapora wond -wide who have stood by us throughout and have remained steadfast, in our desire to have peaceful transition, in line with their wishes and those of the gods of our land. The overall thanks, however, goes to Jehovah God, who has kept us and continue to ensure peace in lwereland.”