At 10th anniversary, Okpe monarch urges revival of mother tongue
The Orodje of Okpe Kingdom in Delta State, Maj.-Gen. Major Gen. Felix Mujakperuo (rtd) Orhue I, has marked his 10th coronation anniversary with pomp and ceremony.
Speaking at the well-attended ceremony in Orerokpe, he called for the revival of Okpe Language, decrying the inability of children to speak the mother tongue.
He lauded the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua for his “special love” for the people of the state.
Also on the occasion, the monarch praised a former Delta State Governor, James Ibori, saying: “I am waiting for when Ibori will gracefully return to the palace because he is a worthy chief of the kingdom.”
Orhue I recalled that the former governor played a major role in his installation, as he was the one that also presented him with a staff of office.
He urged the youths to shun criminality and engage in profitable ventures to positively impact on their communities.
The state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, who graced the occasion alongside his deputy, Kingsley Otuaro, among other dignitaries from and outside the state, charged the traditional institution to engage in peace building for development to crystalise in their domains.
He stressed that only a peaceful environment could bring attract development and investments.
“I want to urge all stakeholders to join hands in ensuring peace and security in our various communities. I particularly thank His Royal Majesty, the Orodje of Okpe, for his commitment not only in ensuring peace in Okpe Kingdom but extending same to the state by his fatherly advice,” Okowa stated.
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