By Chioma Iruke
Former President Goodluck Jonathan over the weekend payed homage to the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III at his palace in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.
The former president congratulated the new Monarch, praying that his reign would be long and peaceful.
Prince Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko (Tsola Emiko), last week emerged as the 21st Olu of Warri, with the title Ogiame Atuwatse III, at a colorful coronation ceremony at Ode Itsekiri, ancestral home of Itsekiri nation in Warri, Delta State.
The monarch was crowned at about 3:25pm by the Uwangwe of Warri Kingdom, Chief Grabriel Awala. “I greet you all children of Iwere Kingdom. This is the crown of Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko, we are all crowning you,” Awala said as he placed the crown on his head.
The Iyatsere of the Kingdom, Chief Johnson Amatserunleghe, who earlier called Awala to perform the crowning, came to announce the title of the new king as Atuwatse III.
It would be recalled that the father of the new monarch who passed on in 2015, was His Majesty Ogiame Atuwatse II.
President Muhummadu Buhari, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie OmoAgege, and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, in their separate goodwill messages, congratulated the new monarch, praying for him to enjoy peaceful reign.