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Born Again Christian Monarch Suffers Persecution From Itsekiri People; Protest After Olu Of Warri Renounces Traditional Title

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Sept 10, 2013 – Itsekiri People Protests Ogiame Atuwatse II’s Christian Faith; Olu Of Warri Bows After Renouncing Title

Born Again Christian King, Olu Of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse II Suffers Persecution As Itsekiri People Protest Traditional Title Renouncement

The Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse II, has finally bowed to his people who insisted that he could not renounce his “Ogiame” traditional title because of his Christian faith.

The entire Itsekiri nation, represented by thousands of men, women and youths this morning marched through the streets adjoining his palace in Warri in protest against the monarch’s decision to renounce his “Ogiame” traditional title.

The protesters defied the early morning rain to express their displeasure over the monarch’s new-found Christian faith which led to his renouncing the title.

Some of them had insisted that the monarch will have to abdicate his throne if he insisted on renouncing the Ogiame title.

Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, himself an Itsekiri, had to appeal to the aggrieved Itsekiris to sheathe their swords and engage in dialogue to resolve the impasse.

Uduaghan in a press statement, said he had to cut short his official engagement in Abuja to meet with the palace chiefs.

Scores of masquerades were also mobilized to add bite to the protest, just as women were mobilized to cook for the protesters beside the palace of the king.

But after the palace chiefs met with the king, he agreed to retain the Ogiame title, which means “King of all Water gods and goddesses.”

It was the title the Olu chose to be known by when he was crowned Olu of Warri in the 80s.

The monarch had renounced the title in a press statement he issued on 4 September, on the ground that he has embraced Christianity and has been born again.

The decision did not go down well with the Itsekiri people, saying that the decision was a slight on their tradition.

This morning’s mass protest was seen as the climax of their disdain for the monarch whom they once revered as second only to Almighty God in the Itsekiri nation.

One of the palace chiefs, Chief Omatseye, who spoke at the protest rally, said the Olu will either renounce his new found faith or  quit the throne, saying that religion and tradition do not mix.

Also, one of the women protesters who identified herself as Omadina, said the Olu would be ungrateful to the Itsekiri nation if he decided to throw away the title.

She said the Itsekiri nation will “never be intimidated by his so-called new-found faith.”
They had vowed never to leave the palace grounds until the monarch renounced his new faith.  Security operatives from 61, Nigerian Air force, Nigerian Police and others were on hand to ensure security of lives and property during the peaceful protest.

[PM News]

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  1. Latoya michael

    September 10, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    It’s his fault. What is a born again christian doing with a traditional title? Let him dethrone himself PERIOD

  2. ololade

    September 10, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    run for ur life itsekiri nation are wicked
    Is God leading u to accept this title? answer this question and do the right thing

  3. candice

    September 10, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Itsekiri people your leader has chosen the right part, i advice you all to follow his footstep, can’t believe their are still pagans in this age

  4. Master

    September 10, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Don’t start saying all manner of things about dis man, he was there be4 he accepted Christ. My advice is dat he suld step down 4rm d throne

  5. OGB

    September 10, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    D man is causing d rough sea 4 himself,he should choose whom he wants to serve,d godess or d true God.

  6. remmy paris

    September 10, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    remember what happen to ponti plate when he wanted to judge Jesus christ he choose to accept people wish than to to accept God wish so if you are true born again leave their throne and give God that glory

  7. omosose

    September 10, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    In my own opinion d itsekiri ppl should pls follow d lead of their leader, there must be a good reason 4 his DECISION.

  8. Tuwara Anuwa

    September 11, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Olu of Warri looks so innocent, i pity him o

  9. Rita

    September 11, 2013 at 6:11 AM

    My dear you have taken the right deceision that title cannot take u to heaven

  10. Omobude ruth

    September 11, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    My advice to the king is for him to leave the throne, because he can not serve two masters at the same time

  11. DOBRAH

    September 11, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Well, if he has accepted Christ he should leave their title and vacate the throne, you can not serve two masters. With Jesus u have it far more than what any title can offer you.

  12. Esther

    September 13, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    jesus said,'”carry your cross and follow me”i bliv this is the cross this man has to carry 4 d sake of christ.may God give u the strength to do the right thing

  13. rapheal ajayi

    September 16, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    I shocked and highly disappointed in the itsekiri people for their behavior over olu of warri acceptance to serve the living god all the remaining days of his life I thought their trooping out to protest should have been to rejoice that their leader oba will hence forth rule them with the fear of god with his new found faith I believe that every sunday 90% of this protesters will troop to church claiming to go to serve the lord no wonder the bible says the heart of men is desperately wicked the issue here is not olu of warri the problem is all warri people that they still believe in another god outside Jehovah almighty they should read the book of second chronicle from chapter 15 downward and see what happened their so called ogiame cannot save only jesus can save lastly let me say righteousness exalt a nation but sin is a reproach let the people of warri borrow a leaf from olu and seek the true lod

  14. ad

    January 8, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    This is an issue that has being going on for a long while….He accepted GOD! He knows he is the one and only saviour and part to live and led.. he has being straight with his itsekiri people all the way, but the itsekiri’s have made it an impossible nightmare for him and his family…… he publicly annouched and denouced his throne, he walked away from the throne….. the whole of the itsekiri kingdom was in chaoes and array, they wouldn’t let this man live his life the way he wants to , i.e knowing and serving GOD for the rest of his life, he is tired of all the charms , idols and evil sacrifices, he doesn;t want the throne……in this age you will find out that some of his chiefs and the protesters, go to the church on sundays, amazing to know that NOT ALL WHO ARE CALLED ARE CHOOSEN neither ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD…. LET THE ITSEKIRI PEOPLE APPIONTED ANOTHER OGIAME AND LEAVE THIS MAN ALONE TO LIVE A SIMPLE LIFE! TO WORSHIP GOD THE WAY HE CHOOSES, OBVIOUSLY GOD IS TRYING TO GET THE ITSEKIRI TO KNOW HIM , NOT THE GODDESS OF THE SEA, WHICH IS LUCIFERIAN, THAT THEY BELIVE IN…. MAMI WATER CULTURE AND WORSHIP…PLEASE

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