Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, on Saturday, separately paid a courtesy call on His Majesty, The Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwaste lll, at his palace in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.
According to Jonathan;
“I was to come for the coronation but I could not make it. So I said I should come to pay my respects to the Olu of Warri.
We have come to join all of you to celebrate. This palace is not new to me.
“I have been close to the palace and I appreciate what the Olu of Warri stands for in the leadership system.
“He is a young man with wisdom. We are pleased to have a dynamic king in the Niger Delta.
“A king that will handle issues on Niger Delta that all of us will be happy. We join your immediate family, the Itsekiri Nation to congratulate you,” Jonathan said.
While responding, Ogiame Atuwatse III thanked the former president for the visit and his contribution to the development of Nigeria and by extension, Africa.
According to the King, “we are very much proud to be associated with you. We are proud of what you are doing in the country and the Africa continent.
“We are indeed aware you had every intention to be with us on Saturday.
“I want to use this opportunity to say that in all ways we can work together, let us do.
“Let us start speaking with one voice as a region. I assure you that the message from this throne will be one of unity, peace, and progress, and the Niger Delta and Nigeria will be better for it.
Recall that Jonathan had, prior to the coronation ceremony, sent a congratulatory message to the then Omoba, urging him to “use the opportunity provided by this divinely ordained appointment to contribute your quota to the assignment of national development.”
President Jonathan and Senator Akpabio now join the list of top politicians, including ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, and Governor Umar Ganduje of Kano State, among others who had paid visited to homage to Ogiame Atuwaste lll.
Ogiame Atuwatse III was crowned August 21, 2021 as the 21st Olu of Warri in Ode-Itsekiri, the ancestral home of the Itsekiris at at a numinous coronation festival that attracted dignitaries from far and near.