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New Olu of Warri pledges to enhance peace


Olu-of-WARRITHE new Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli, yesterday said he would work with other ethnic groups in the state to ensure that the existing fragile peace in Warri kingdom was not only maintained but also improved upon.

The monarch, in his maiden chat with journalists in Warri, said: “My main priority is to work for peace and unity among my people and our neighbours. You are all aware that for some time now, the environment has been turbulent – rancour and bitterness here and there – this is a good opportunity to cement understanding, build confidence among my people so that we can leave peacefully and better with our neighbors.”

He pledged his loyalty to the Itsekiri people, promising never to betray their trust and confidence. The monarch also promised true and transparent leadership, saying he would not engage in any matter that could embarrass the people.

Ikenwoli thanked the media establishments for the support and cooperation throughout the coronation period especially the enthusiasm and wide coverage during and after the ceremony.

He, however, urged the press to ensure objective reportage of events in the kingdom and clarify issues before publishing.

“I appeal to you all to focus on issues that unite us and our neighbours and to avoid sensational, negative stories that could polarise us and promote bitterness and rancour. We must maintain and even improve upon the fragile peace Warri now enjoys

“This palace, together with our Council of Chiefs, is prepared to work with the news media, in a very symbiotic manner, so that in the end you win, Warri wins, and, yes, Nigeria wins!”

Asked how he intends to work with other traditional rulers to achieve his peace initiative, Ogiame Ikenwoli said: “The role of the traditional ruler is to maintain peace among his people and to relate better with our neighbours, but if the government gives us a bigger role by allowing us to participate in the governance of the country, I will be happy to relate with other traditional rulers to work for the good governance of the country.”

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