The Olu of Warri, His Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse III, has called on the various resident of communities within the kingdom to coexist peacefully, saying that “never again should we clash over our differences”.
The monarch, however, enjoined those having misunderstandings to resolve their differences amicably.
The monarch who spoke at the Olu’s Palace while playing host at the third edition of the “Ghigho Aghofen” ceremony for the Omadino community in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State, specifically urged the Omadino community to resolve their differences and forge ahead as one and indivisible community.
Speaking amid cultural displays from the various ethnic nationalities residing in the oil-rich kingdom, the Olu of Warri maintained that there is much to achieve with unity.
While thanking the Omadino community for coming in large numbers, the monarch insisted that he was using the forum “to preach peace and unity because there is a lot that is being spoken of Omadina”.
He also applauded the Inorin community, the immediate past Ghigho Aghofen (Palace Watch) for the job done in the past three months just as he commended the various ethnic nationalities that came to identify with the palace and prayed to God to continue to promote peace among them.
The monarch said, “Let me remind you that you have a unique opportunity to start again in your community, so a line must be drawn. Many people may feel a sense of indictment, and frustration, it is my turn, I have suffered.
“I appeal to all of you to put those sentiments away and start doing things right. Omadino is a too important community for there to be division and fight.
“You are on duty till September 24. You will be on duty when we mark our first coronation anniversary.
“Hopefully, before the time elapsed, we will come to Omadino. We want to see that the factions are dissolved and we embrace peace,” he said.
Ghigho Aghofen, which means ‘Palace Watch’, is a ceremony that ushers in one of the indigenous Itsekiri communities to keep watch over the Warri kingdoms and was initiated by the king in 2021 shortly when he ascended the throne.
The aim was to promote relationships between the monarch and other communities that could not have access to the palace due to one reason or the other.
Communities in attendance at the event include the Urhobo, Ilaje, Bini, Esan, Yoruba, Ijaw, Isoko, Igala, and Igbo, among others with dignitaries including former Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung; the Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Sheriff Oborevwori and some lawmakers in the State Assembly.