The Olu of Warri, Atuwatse II, has said he his giving the land where he rules to God and putting a stop to Idol worship.
Henceforth, I submit and present the title ‘Ogiame’ to God, the creator, who made the sea and rules over all. Therefore, no Olu or person may bear the title or name that now belongs0 to God. I nullify all tokens of libation poured on the land and seas or sprinkled into the air in Iwere land. I frustrate all sacrifices of wine, blood, food, water, kola nuts, and other items offered in Iwere land.
In conformity with the new covenant through the blood of Jesus, I release the royal bloodline, the chiefs of the Iwere kingdom, the Iwere people and land, waters and atmosphere of Iwere kingdom from all ties to all other spiritual covenants and agreements.
His declarations has however triggered swift reactions from the royal family and the youths. The youths who came out to protest said, they are protesting against the moves by the monarch and others to change the only recognized
ancient title of “Ogiame” that represents the symbol of the Iwere
Kingdom of Warri.
One of the protesting youths also said that the move amounts to a desecration of a title that has been in existence for more than 500 years. The protesters set a huge fire outside the gate of the palace.
The Olu of Warri is however insisting that it’s time for the land to go back to God.
Who agrees with him?