Accept Olu of Warri as king, Okowa urges Itsekiri
• Abubakar lauds gov on peace, devt in Delta
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, yesterday, urged the chiefs and people of Itsekiri kingdom to accept the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III, as their monarch. He said this when he received the monarch, who visited him at Government House, Asaba.
The governor explained that God makes kings and everyone must accept the one installed by God, respect the king and the institution he represents. He said: “Let all the chiefs and people of Itsekiri kingdom work with His Majesty to ensure peace prevails in Itsekiri nation, Delta and Nigeria.
“As our nation continues to grapple with security challenges, all Nigerians need to be on bent knees, praying for the peace and development of this country.
“When our religious and traditional rulers are praying for the country and its people, God hears their prayers because they are representatives of the people.
“It is my prayer that under your reign, the Itsekiri nation will have peace and development, so that your people will have cause to glorify the name of our God.”
Earlier, Atuwatse III told Okowa that the official visit was his first since his coronation, noting that his delegation was in Asaba on a thank-you-visit to the governor for support during his coronation.
He added: “We commit to unwavering support for your visionary leadership and your government’s dedicated effort towards repositioning Delta for sustained growth and development.”
MEANWHILE, former Head of State and Chairman, National Peace Committee, Abdulsalami Abubakar, praised Okowa’s contributions to peace and development in the state.
Abubakar gave the commendation, yesterday, while addressing newsmen at Government House, Asaba, shortly after a courtesy call on the governor.
Accompanied by the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Bishop Matthew Kukah, Abubakar said they were in Asaba en route Awka, ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra State.
He said: “We felt it would be out of place if we came through Asaba without seeing the governor of Delta. I want to congratulate the governor for the good work he is doing and also for peace in the state.”