OBA OF BENIN PAYS HISTORIC VISIT TO OLU OF WARRI
Call it a visit of a father to a son, or that of an elder brother to a junior, it is historically correct.
The display of royal splendor and grandeur was fully wired at the visit of His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II, N’Ogidigan, Oba of Benin to the Olu of Warri, His Royal Majesty, OgiameIkenwoli.
All the elemental features of Itsekiri rich cultural heritage were on ground to give the Benin Monarch a rousing welcome to the oil city and the Palace of the Olu.
Addressing the Olu of Warri and the large assemblage of his people, His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba Ewuare II, Oba of Benin called on traditional rulers to continue to work for the peace, security and development of their people.
The Oba of Benin said he appreciated the support and presence of the Olu of Warri and Itsekiri people during his coronation.
The Omo N’Oba said the Itsekiri and Edo people share common bond and ancestry, and harped on the need for them to continue to emphasis those things that unite them rather than what will create division among the people.
The Benin Monarch described the visit as historic, and thank them for the warm reception accorded him and his entourage.
In an address of welcome read on behalf of the Olu of Warri and Itsekiri people by Chief Brown Menethe people said they will never forget who they are and where they came from, stressing that they share common ancestral links with the Edos which has lasted over 500 years.
They said whatever boundaries that may exist between the Edos and Itsekiris are merely artificial and superficial which can neither divide or separate them, adding that they shall remain united for the benefit of the people.
They said they will continue to extol the values by nurturing the special relationship whenever the occasion arises to do so.
In a remark, the Olu of Warri, His Royal Majesty, OgiameIkenwoli said Warri is an extension of Benin Kingdom and they are the same people from common race.
The Olu who alluded to the historical fact of the Oba of Benin being his father, said he was happy to receive the Omo N’Oba in his Palace, and assured that the bond will be stronger as he will be relating closely with the Oba of Benin on various issues.
The occasion witnessed the display of the rich culture and tradition of Itsekiri people.
Various gifts were later presented to His Royal Majesty, the Oba of Benin, which included products from the rivers in Warri Kingdom.
The thank you visit of the Oba of Benin to Olu of Warri no doubt highlighted the uniqueness and exclusive significance of ties of affinity between the Edo and Itsekiri peoples.
The Omo N’Oba was accompanied on the visit by members of the Benin Royal family including the Crown Prince, Prince Ezelekhai Ewuare, Prince Igbinidu Ewuare, Prince Ehioze Erediauwa, among other princes and princesses.
Others include Palace Chiefs, Enigie, Ohen as well as Captain HosaOkunbo.