In step with The PUNCH, Kehinde Akinyemi, Particular Assistant on Media to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has defined why his most important knelt ahead of His Royal Majesty Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III.
Thirty-seven-year-old serial entrepreneur Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko was once, on Saturday, topped the twenty first Olu of Warri, and had in an instant assumed the name of Ogiame Atuwatse III.
In step with Akinyemi, Obasanjo, 84, on Sunday morning, travelled to the traditional Iwere Kingdom, which is the ancestral house of the Itsekiri in Warri South Native Executive Space of Delta State, to pay homage to the brand new monarch.
The media aide mentioned this in a talk with The PUNCH on Sunday afternoon after a viral photograph captured the elderly ex-President reminiscent of the younger monarch.
Akinyemi described his boss because the “Baba (Father) of Africa” who pays homage to all exalted conventional seats.
He stated that Obasanjo didn’t kneel ahead of the monarch however ahead of the traditional Iwere Kingdom, which dates again to over 5 centuries.
“He (Obasanjo) went to Warri this (Sunday) morning to pay homage to the brand new king. This can be a conventional establishment; he (Ogiame Atuwatse III) isn’t the only sitting down, it’s the establishment this is at the throne.
“Obasanjo is the Baba of Africa and he pays homage to each exalted conventional seat,” Akinyemi informed our correspondent on Sunday.
Proceeding, the aide stated, “It was once no longer Baba’s first time; he additionally as soon as prostrated ahead of Gbagura.”
The previous President, who’s the Jagunmolu of Egbaland, had, in August 2019, attended the coronation of Oba Saburee Bakre because the Agura of Gbagura in In the past-Oka, Abeokuta, Ogun State, the place he additionally paid homage to then new king.
Obasanjo, unarguably one of the most prestigious world electorate from Africa, was once Nigeria’s democratically elected President between 1999 and 2007.
The previous Nigerian army head of state between July 1975 and February 1976 had sat on many peace committees together with the ones of the United International locations, African Union and Financial Group of West African States and were instrumental to the recovery of peace in lots of portions of Africa together with Liberia, Sudan, Ethiopia, among others.
The brand new Atuwatse III is the son of the nineteenth Olu Atuwatse II, Godwin Toritseju Emiko and Gladys Durorike Emiko.
Born on April 2, 1984, the brand new Olu, a descendant of Olu Akengbuwa, studied each in Nigeria and out of the country.
He’s the founding father of Noble Nigeria Ltd. and Coral Curator Ltd. He’s additionally the Chairman of Ocean Marine Safety Ltd. and Director, Gulf of Guinea Ltd. and Vessel hyperlink Giant. Ltd, among others.
The husband to Ivie Uhunoma Emiko, daughter of in style Edo billionaire industry rich person, past due Idahosa Okunbo, is a father of 3 youngsters.
In step with historical past, this will be the first time in over two centuries the place the eldest son of an Olu would ascend the throne along with his mom nonetheless alive and smartly to witness him sit down at the throne.
In his opening speech after his investiture because the newly-installed Olu of Warri, the monarch on Saturday revisited the previous and reversed an age-long curse put on Nigeria through his grandfather, Olu Erejuwa II, on account of alleged injustice meted out to him.
“Lately, in our capability as Olu, we hereby avow, because the religious, cultural, political and standard ruler of this land, I, Ogiame Atuwatse III, the twenty first Olu of Warri, the primary son of Olu Atuwatse II, the grandson and direct descendant of Olu Erejuwa II, who was once angry in this throne, I hereby opposite the curse positioned over this land.
“As an alternative, I unencumber forgiveness and therapeutic to the Federal Executive of Nigeria whose would possibly was once used to propagate that offence. And I decree unparalleled and unusual peace, prosperity, development, construction upon this land. I deliver down the federal government of heaven upon this land and I direct it to go with the flow as a drive that may neither be sabotaged, slowed or stopped. It is going out as a robust ripple impact emanating from this kingdom to the remainder of the Niger Delta, the remainder of the Nigerian country or even the African continent,” the newly coronated monarch stated.
The most important Itsekiri monarch celebrated his coronation with two logo new customised vehicles; a Rolls Royce and Bentley 2021 type.