Ogiame Atuwase II, Olu of Warri dies; Emiko announced as successor

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Ogiame Atuwase II, late Olu of Warri

Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwase II, is dead.

monarch was said to have died  in a private hospital last Saturday in Lagos.

The Warri Traditional Council of Chiefs officially announced the passing away of the Olu of Warri, Monday.

 Chief Yahya Pessu, a member of the Olu Advisory Council, and other chiefs broke the news of  the monarch’ death in Ode-Itsekiri, the ancestral home of Itsekiri nation.

He also announced Godfrey Emiko as the Olu-designate.

Before the announcement, a chalk wrapped with red and black clothes was smashed on the ground three times to symbolise the demise of the monarch, and it was accompanied by 17 cannons shots.

The septuagenarian’ death threw anxiety among the people after the chiefs kept mum over the state of health of the monarch.

Chief Pessu said the Itsekiri people would be in a mourning mood in the next three months till the burial rite was concluded.

“All Itsekiri adults both male and female put their clothes upside down throughout this period of mourning.

“No , no drumming or merriment of any sort in Itsekiri land, until  the burial is over and Olu installed.”

“The Olu designate be in seclusion in the next 90 days to receive advice from in the kingdom.

“This is a training period for him where he be exposed to a lot of cultural activities.”

On the son of Atuwase 11 did succeed his father, the Chief said the Itsekiri nation was governed by law and standard protocols.

According to him, the son of a departed monarch could only succeed the throne if his mother was either from Itsekiri or Benin.

“If the son of a departed monarch is qualified by law, it is the prerogative of the princes to choose from the ruling lineage of Ginuwa, Erejuwa and Atuwase.” he said.

Thomas Ereyitomi, a senior chief, said the event was to clarify the rumour in circulation over the health situation of the monarch.

“The Itsekiri nation has let the whole world know that we have lost our Olu and the introduction of his successor.

“There was no disagreement among us but it is just a process and tradition we needed to follow,” he said.

Mr. Ereyitomi urged the Itsekiri to console another, especially this mourning period, and also work together for the smooth succession of the Olu.

Joseph Otumara, the immediate past of health in Delta State, said the event signified the end of an era and beginning of a .

He also urged the Itsekiri people to abide by the advice given by the chiefs throughout the mourning period.

Edward Ekpoko, the Secretary, Itsekiri of Thought, described the Olu designate as a perfect gentleman.

“He is a graduate of Administration from the University of Benin, a successful businessman but non-partisan.” he said.

Recalled that the late monarch celebrated his 5th coronation anniversary less than a week ago.

Our source said at the ceremony, the was lively and showed no of illness. (The New Diplomat)