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Olu of Warri Dismisses Conflict Between Personal Faith and Tradition 

....emphasizes harmony between traditional thrones and christianity 


In a recent statement issued in Abuja, the Olu of Warri, His Majesty Ògíamẹ̀ Atúwàtse III, dismissed claims of conflict between traditional thrones and Christendom, highlighting the potential for harmony between the two institutions.

The monarch expressed these sentiments during a visit by the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Ghandi Afolabi Olaoye, Orumogege III, to his Palace in Warri Kingdom. The statement was released by his Media Consultant, Adeniyi Ifetayo.

His Majesty firmly asserted that traditional thrones and Christianity need not be viewed as opposites, refuting the notion that traditional institutions are inherently linked to superstition and the worship of human-made creations. He emphasized that these two institutions can coexist and even complement each other, contributing to the growth and development of Nigeria.

The Olu of Warri expressed his delight at the visit by the Soun of Ogbomoso, describing it as divinely directed, much like his own ascension to the throne, which he believes was divinely ordained. He stressed that leaders have a responsibility to guide their people, particularly in the face of the rapidly evolving technological landscape.

According to the monarch,

”We have a divine obligation to lead in righteousness, justice, and fairness,  equity,  are not empty abstractions but compelling ideals.

“Only when driven by a singular commitment to these ideals can we lead our people into visible, functional development materially, mentally and spiritually.”

Olu of Warri Kingdom

He emphasized that the traditions of the Warri and Ogbomoso thrones are interconnected and should collaborate in shared areas of interest to benefit their respective communities.

During his speech, the Soun of Ogbomoso proposed the use of “Cultural Diplomacy for Development” to harness the potential of our traditional institutions as influential allies in the pursuit of rapid growth and progress for our people.

“Your Majesty Ògíamẹ̀ and I are destined to lead in using what I have termed Cultural Diplomacy for Development to transform our traditional institutions into impactful partners in the quest for accelerated growth and development for our people. 

“Your Majesty’s masterful play as the lead Cultural Ambassador of the Iwere people is evident today in our country and around the globe. 

“We and others who discern this virtue can see how it will attract ever-needed economic progress to your people.”

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“Our observation of these noble sentiments in Your Majesty’s reign is the motivating choice of the great kingdom of Warri as our first port of call in our gesture to reach out and make friends and partners as we commence our sacred duty to lead the people of Ogbomoso Land,” he stated.

The new Soun ascended to the throne on September 8, 2023, following the passing of Oba Jimoh Oyewumi on December 12, 2021. Prior to his coronation, he served as a senior pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).

Both Warri and Ogbomoso boast rich histories that span centuries.

During the visit, the Soun was accompanied by Rear Admiral Jacob Ajani (rtd), Prof. Shola Adepoju (rtd), Air Vice Marshall Bolaji Adigun (rtd) – Akogun of Ogbomoso Land, and Pastor Agu Irukwu.

Oba Olaoye took the opportunity of the visit to announce scholarships for ten children (six girls and four boys) from Warri Kingdom in Ogbomoso, starting from the next academic session, to support their education through Junior and Senior Secondary School.

“Your Majesty, I would like to kick-start this new reality by inviting  you to send 10 Ìtsẹ̀kírì children (4 boys and 6 girls) to Ogbomoso  on our full scholarship through Junior and Senior Secondary School – JSS and SSS – beginning next academic session. We fervently hope that this gesture will be reciprocated by Your Majesty, thus enabling the educational exchange to start and  seal this relationship between us – as a first step.”

He concluded his statement, “Once again, I thank you for the immense goodwill demonstrated by the exceptional warmth we have received today. Your Majesty Ògíamẹ̀, we very much look forward to welcoming you as a  Special Guest in Ogbomoso for the ceremonies of our formal  coronation.” 


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