Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege has described the Olu of Warri Kingdom, His Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse III as an inspiration to many.
At the Thanksgiving Service commemorating the first coronation anniversary of the first class monarch in Warri, Delta State, Senator Omo-Agege, who is also the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the state, lauded the royal father for his role in promoting national unity and enriching the cultural values of Nigeria.
He noted that as custodians of traditions, values and customs, traditional leaders have what it takes to galvanize all Nigerians towards peace, stability and progress of the country.
The Delta Central lawmaker therefore urged traditional rulers to use their influential status to promote good governance and strengthen the unity of the nation.
“Our people deeply cherish Your Majesty’s distinct place of honour as the symbol of the pristine cultural heritage and values of our Itsekiri people. Your special regard for the value of positive human relationships and clear vision of a modern, well-governed and organized society that is driven by the power of godly living, innovation and constructive, mutually respectful and excellent engagements across boundaries endear you to the people in unique ways”, he said.
He said the revered monarch has always dignified the cultural values of the Itsekiri people with great passion.
“I humbly join our good people to thank God Almighty for graciously keeping you in good health and sound mind to celebrate your first coronation anniversary as the youngest Olu of Warri Kingdom to lead the itsekiri ethnic nation in over 500 years.
Omo-Agege was accompanied by his running mate, Rt. Hon. Friday Ossai Osanebi; Delta APC Chairman, Elder Omeni Sobotie and other chieftains of the party.
The thanksgiving service, which held at Foursquare Gospel Church, located in the Olu’s Palace in Warri South Local Government Area, was graced by the state Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa; former governor, Chief James Ibori; Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori; and lawmaker representing Delta South Senatorial District, Senator James Manager, amongst others.
In his sermon, former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor harped on the need for all to thank God at all times.
Giving his sermon from Psalms 100:4, Philippians 4:6, II Corinthians 4:15, and II Thessalonians 3:7-12, the Guest Speaker urged Nigerians to appreciate God no matter the difficult situation they faced.
The cleric urged Nigerian youth to imbibe the culture of hard work and dedication to service, even as he called on governments at all levels to empower youths to secure the future of the country.
He said: “Without thanksgiving, you have no access to God. Thanksgiving opens the gate. It brings you into the presence of God. If you are not grateful, you may become a ‘great fool’”.