An array of tradition and culture played out in Warri, Delta state when Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Monday presented staff of office to the Orosuen of Okere Urhobo Warri Kingdom, Prof. Paul Okumagba, Idama ll.
The event took place 11 years after the death of the late traditional ruler, Benjamin Okumagba in Warri South Local Government Area of the state.
The new monarch, Prof. Okumagba is a renowned professor of Sociology from the Delta State University, Abraka.
Gov. Okowa who was represented by his deputy, Kingsley Otuaro, congratulated the monarch on his selection and subsequent recognition as the Orosuen of Okere Urhobo Kingdom and urged the monarch to entrench peace in the Warri metropolis.
“The Orosuen is one of you and it is a win-win situation for all the people of Okere Urhobo, Warri.
“No doubt, the government is aware of some pockets of dissenting voices in the processes leading to today’s ceremony.
“I sincerely urge you to give him your fullest support and cooperation for sustainable peace and progress of the kingdom.
“Your Royal Majesty, you are the father of all your subjects, so you should be fair to all and sundry, as the custodian of the tradition of your people, it is important that you uphold the sanctity of their custom,’’ he said.
Several traditional rulers across the state including the Orodje of Okpe, Orhue 1, the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, Abe 1, religious leaders and government functionaries attended the event.
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