Afenifere expresses support for new Olu of Warri, consoles on Olu Ikemwoli’sdemise
By Samuel Ogunsona
Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) has commiserated with the Itsekiri people on the announcement of the passing of the Olu of Warri, His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli.
The Yoruba sociopolitical group, in a press release made available to Irohinoodua and signed by its Publicity Secretary, Kunle Famoriyo, said the announcement which was made at the recent Itsekiri General Assembly was a sad development.
The group “therefore entreat all Itsekiri people anywhere they are in the world to give the Olu a befitting rite of passage by ensuring the three-month passage rites is peaceful and solemn, according to traditions.”
ARG also congratulates the new Olu-designate, Prince Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko and calls on all itsekiri people and their brothers in Yoruba land to rally support for the young monarch.
“We pray for the soon-to-be-crowned king for wisdom, charisma, and resources to pilot the affairs of the Itsekiri nation in accordance with the significance of his reign as the twenty-first Olu of Warri,” the statement said.
“We assure the Itsekiri people of the brotherhood solidarity of Yoruba people, as charged by the revered Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II.”