EXCLUSIVE: My immediate plans for Itsekiri people ― Ogiame Atuwatse  III

By Jimitota Onoyume

Barely 48 hours after the Olu of Warri , Ogiame Atuwatse III, in line with traditional demands dissolved the Warri council of Chiefs he commenced readmission into the Council of Chiefs Thursday with Johnson Amatserunleghe as the Iyatsere and most Senior Chief ( traditional Prime Minister) in the kingdom.

At the colourful ceremony in Ode Itsekiri, ancestral home of the Itsekiri nation in Warri South local government area, the monarch who was decked in very elegant Royal attire  placed beads  on the neck of the chiefs and handed them swords  signifying their readmission into the Council of Chiefs.

The Iyatsere who spoke to the Vanguard later  said he was elated with developments in the kingdom .

“I feel very happy because Warri kingdom has come back to its feet. In the begining , Oba Ginuwa, the first Olu of Warri, left Benin kingdom with seventy chiefs to found Warri kingdom in 1480 and Iyatsere Ugbalaka was the first Iyatsere who led the Royal Entourage and he was the original Prime Minister and Chairman Council of Chiefs and the most Senior Chief. Today I have been decorated  as the most Senior Chief and traditional Prime Minister, Warri kingdom.”, he said.

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“So I am happy that Warri kingdom has come back to its feet again “

Among those  readmitted as chiefs yesterday also include   Chiefs Gabriel Awala,  Kofi Kartey, Chief Dr Roland Oritsejafor, Chief  RolI Oritsejafor, Chief Edwin Olley, Chief Solomon Arenyeka . They also include  Chiefs Clement Maleghemi,  Barrister Robinson Ariyo ,  Eugene Ikomi , Omolubi Newuwumi  and Chief Billy Besi Giwa.

The monarch took time to pray for each of the chiefs.They in turn later paid  homage to the monarch and  presented him gift items. Vanguard gathered that the readmission of the chiefs will be in  batches.

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