Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari has extended heartfelt commiserations to the Itsekiri people of Delta on the passage of their revered monarch, Ogiame Atuwatse II, the Olu of Warri.
This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday by the Special Adviser to the president, Mr Femi Adesina.
Buhari conveyed his personal condolences to the Olu’s immediate family and relations as well as friends and associates of the highly respected monarch.
He said that the deceased, whose transition was formally announced at the weekend, would be greatly missed by the Itsekiris people of Delta and all Nigerians.
He urged members of the late Olu’s family and the Itsekiris people to be comforted by the knowledge that Ogiame Atuwatse II would be remembered as a peace-loving monarch, who did his best to foster the harmonious co-existence of his people with other ethnic groups in Nigeria.
The president added that the late Olu would also be honoured by present and future generations as a most worthy custodian of the rich cultural heritage of the Itsekiris.
According to him, the deceased will also be remembered for the commendable wisdom, sagacity and benevolence which he exhibited in his 28 year reign over the Itsekiri nation.
As they begin the three-month mourning period for their departed traditional ruler, the president prayed that God almighty would receive the late Olu’s soul and grant him eternal rest. (NAN)