President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated all Itsekiris home and abroad, as Prince Tsola Emiko gets installed as the 21st Olu of Warri, August 21, 2021.
The President said he salutes the Kingdom for overcoming the issues that arose after the initial appointment of the Olu-designate, urging that any outstanding matters should be amicably resolved in the interest of peace and tranquility.
As a Western-trained political scientist, and management expert, President Buhari counseled the new Olu, according to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, to use his gift and intellect to serve his people, noting the peaceful disposition of Itsekiris to peace in the Niger Delta region, and the country in general.
The President prayed that the new epoch will consolidate on the peace, progress and prosperity of all members of the Warri Kingdom.
On his own part, forner Vice President of Nigeria and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flag-bearer in the last presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, said he congratulates Omoba Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko, the Olu of Warri designate as he is coronated on Saturday as the 21st Olu of Warri.
Atiku in a statement released by his Media Office in Abuja on Friday, 20th August, 2021, says the choice of Tshola Emiko to ascend the throne as the 21st Olu of Warri, venerates the totemic deep wisdom, courage and resourcefulness which the Oluship throne is widely acknowledged for not only in the Itsekiri nation but also in Delta State and Nigeria as a whole.
According to Atiku, “the story surrounding the emergence of Prince Tshola Emiko as the Olu-designate is as interesting as it is instructive”, stressing that “the narrative is a lesson on the virtues of diligence, due process, patience and love, for not only his Itsekiri people, but for every human.”
He said the wild ovation from Itsekiri sons and daughters across board that has accompanied the announcement of the Olu-designate only points to the acceptability of his personal character.
Atiku urged Omoba Tshola Emiko to ensure he dedicates himself to building on, and surpassing the worthy legacies of his much-acclaimed predecessor, His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli, by committing himself to carrying his subjects along to a new era of peace, stability and progress in Itsekiriland, Delta State and Nigeria as a whole.
He wished the Olu-designate long life and successful reign in the service of his people and the country.