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During his coronation today, the new Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III, declared the reversal of a curse imposed on Nigeria by his ancestor, Ogiame Erejuwa II.
He worshipped the Almighty God shortly before his statement and then overturned the curse.
According to NenyKo, the Olu of Warri performed this in order to resolve to heal old wounds, announcing a fresh beginning for the Warri people.
The current Olu’s grandfather, Wilson Gbesimi Emiko, was the paramount leader of the Itsekiri and the Olu of Warri from 1951 to 1964, and again from 1966 to 1986.
Although he did not go into detail, Atuwatse III stated that his grandpa was so distressed that he contacted late Akenzua II, the Oba of Benin between 1933 and 1978, to narrate his ordeal.
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According to the new Olu, both traditional chiefs imposed a curse on the area, and none of them reversed it.
“As the spiritual, cultural, political, and traditional ruler of this land, I, Ogiame Atuwatse III, the 21st Olu of Warri, the first son of Olu Atuwatse II, the grandson of and direct descendant of Olu Erediuwa II who was offended on this throne, hereby, reverse the curse placed over this land.
“In its (the curse’s) place, I release forgiveness and healing to the Federal Government of Nigeria whose might was used to propagate that offence, and I decree unprecedented and an uncommon peace, prosperity, progress, development upon this land.”
Atuwatse III, in his speech also encouraged and admonished the youths towards a greater Niger Delta, giving women an opportunity to play their role as mothers to a greater Warri kingdom.