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August 13, 2022

PRESS STATEMENT BY NIGER DELTA SCHOLARS ON THE VISIT OF THE ITSEKIRI MONARCH TO THE BURNT AREAS OF MILLER QUARTERS, WARRI ON THURSDAY, THE 11TH OF AUGUST, 2022

The attention of Niger Delta Scholars has been drawn to the visit of the Itsekiri Monarch, Ogiame Atuwatse 111 to Ijaw people at Miller Waterside, Warri on Thursday, the 11th of August, 2022 to sympathized with residents whose properties were gutted by a suspicious fire incident. Ordinarily, it is a thing of commendation for the Itsekiri Monarch to deem it fit to pay sympathy visit to Ijaw people in the Miller area of Warri town who lost their properties during the fire incident of Wednesday 3rd August, 2022.

However, Niger Delta Scholars frowned at and condemn the breach of protocol by the Itsekiri Monarch. It is an act of transgression for the Itsekiri Monarch to visit Ijaw people within the domain of His Royal Majesty, the Pere of Ogbe-Ijoh Warri Kingdom in Warri South Local Government Area without following the protocol of either paying a visit to the Monarch or informing him of the visit to his domain. The Itsekiri Traditional Stool is a respected one and ought to known this simple protocol demand.

We know as a fact that the Itsekiri Monarch and his people would not take it lightly if the Pere of Ogbe-Ijoh Warri Kingdom decides to visit the Itsekiri people of Ifie town in Warri South Local Government Area who suffered from a fire inferno recently without informing the Monarch. The proper thing that the Itsekiri Monarch ought to do was to visit or inform the Pere of Ogbe-Ijoh Warri Kingdom as his neighbouring Traditional Ruler of his intention to pay sympathy visit to his subjects and other residents who lost their properties to the fire incident rather than going to visit the subjects without notice to the Ogbe-Ijoh Traditional Council.

The Ogbe-Ijoh people consider the visit of the Itsekiri Monarch to the territory of the Pere of Ogbe-Ijoh Warri Kingdom in Warri township without observing protocol as an extension of the Itsekiri expansionist agenda. We have observed with keen interest the deliberate attempt by the present Itsekiri Monarch to renew the Itsekiri expansionist agenda which resulted into needless war in Warri in the past. We condemn this tendency and call for a stop. This sort of unfortunate incident should not be repeated by the Itsekiri Monarch in Ogbe-Ijoh territory in the future.

Niger Delta Scholars also note with dismay the role of some Ijaw people who are doing business in the Miller, NPA area over this abominable breach of protocol some of whom are Traditional Chiefs in some Ijaw Kingdoms. As Traditional Chiefs and political leaders in their right, it is expected that they would properly guide the young Itsekiri Monarch on the protocol to follow during such visits. However, they failed to do so and instead took him on tour round the properties destroyed by the fire incident in utter disrespect to the Ogbe-Ijoh Warri Traditional Institution. We wish to warn such characters to have a rethink about their treacherous attitude to Ogbe-Ijoh matters in Warri township. The Ogbe-Ijoh Warri Kingdom has taken note of their anti Ogbe-Ijoh activities in the Ogbe-Ijoh areas in Warri metropolis and would soon wield the big stick against them. A word is enough for the wise!

Press Unit,
Niger Delta Scholars
All correspondence to the National Coordinator,
Email: keme_son@yahoo.co.uk

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