Elder statesman and former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has appealed to the newly installed Olu of Warri, HRM, Ogiame Atuwatse III, to ‘use his majestic power to summon’ him anytime he wants to see him for any reason whatsoever and he also promised the 37 years old monarch, and serial entrepreneur, Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko, that he will not be far from him.
“Let me say this, I will not be far from you. And if at any time, there is any reason for you to summon me, use your majestic power; use your majestic power to do so.
The former President Obasanjo, who was among the early callers at the thanksgiving service held at the place church of the Olu of Warri, on Sunday, August 22, 2021, again deflated the use of the word ‘Majesty’ for only the King of England. He said they ‘colonized’ the word, ‘Majesty’ for their use only, and gave the word ‘Your Highness’ to Nigerian monarchs; which in the octogenarian’s words, ‘is not the right thing to do’ but that Nigerians too, have now embraced the word ‘His Majesty’.
“I see now that we are doing the right thing. We are addressing ‘Your Majesty.’ In the British days, they will say ‘Your Highness’. What is ‘Your Highness’? (Referring to the Olu of Warri), You’re ‘Your Majesty’. All our kings are as good as the King of England. But because they don’t want anybody to share that title of being called, or addressed ‘Majesty’, except the King of England, they coined the name ‘Highness’ for us, we reject that. You’re ‘Your Majesty’ (still referring to the new King), and I see that we are now doing that. That is the right thing.
Octogenarian Obasanjo, who some people call, ‘Baba (Father) of Africa’ and most times, Obj, advised the new King never to discard the words of the elders which is wisdom.
“Do not shun the experience and the advice of elders, its useful. We have a saying that if a child have dresses as much as an old man, he will not have rags as much as an old man. Those rags are experiences; and, experience is wisdom. Make use of the experiences of people around you, OBJ added.
The former President also admonished HRM Emiko, of the need to be close to God in all his doings.
“Please be very close to God. Whatever situation you may find yourself, please be close to God. And God will make way for you even when and where people may think there is no way.
Elder statesman Olusegun Obasanjo counseled the new Monarch never to fail to perform the tasks that God and his people has given to him as the new Olu of Warri.
“The responsibility and the duty that you have to perform, which God has given to you, emphasize that the position you occupy today is given to you by God, which is with your own people surrounding you. And always remember that, it is God’s doing. And if God has given you a task to perform, you will be offending God if you fail to perform that task; and you have a task to perform.
He likewise pointed out to the Olu of Warri that the title he carries comes with huge responsibilities and that he is confident that he will succeed as a king.
“…but then, that title carries along with it, a lot of responsibilities. And the way you have started, I believe you will leave up to the responsibilities that God has given you.
The ex- President who expressed his profound joy, over the coronation of the Monarch, again congratulated the new Olu and prayed for the Itsekiri land.
“I think I can say that, I am one of the happiest people on your installation, because, God has specially favoured me to see one, two, and three, and I don’t pray to see four. I don’t pray to.
“Itsekiri land has got a new dawn. May your reign be long, may reign be peaceful, may your reign bring unity and prosperity in Itsekiri land; and may your reign contribute to the development, unity and prosperity of Nigeria. It will be well with you. Once again congratulations.
The 84 years old former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, with also the title of the Jagunmolu of Egbaland, had earlier knelt in homage to the 37 years old, Olu of Warri, after his installation on Saturday, August 21, 2021, to the admiration of many Nigerians. A gesture which his aides said it’s not new, as Chief Obasanjo, had in 2019, prostrated in respect to the Oba Saburee Bakre, after his coronation as the Agura of Gbagura in Ago-Oka, in Abeokuta, Ogun.