The Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli, has urged residents in the kingdom to sustain the existing peace that had returned to the oil community.
The monarch gave the advice on Sunday at the “End of 2018 Year Party” organised by the Warri Rebirth Initiative in Warri.
The king, who was represented by Prince Yemi Emiko, also urged parents to ensure that their children and wards imbibed the right culture and values so as to become useful in the society.
Ikenwoli noted that there was a strong tie amongst the various ethnic groups that resided in Warri in the past but the bond was no longer strong.
He said: “There was strong unity among the various ethnic groups that resided in Warri in the olden days.
“You can hardly identify who is an Urhobo, Itsekiri, Ijaw, Isoko, Yoruba, Igbo or Hausa, we live as brothers and sisters.”
The monarch, who continued in local parlance, said: “We nor dey thief. We dey go stadium go play jogbeh.
“One man dey for Upper Erejuwa, wey dey sell kpims, crazy monkey still dey for Iyara side.
“We dey kpims for the town but we nor dey thief.
“All these ones wey I dey see so, we don do them pass, we nor dey add waayo and we dey go school well.”
The monarch, however, urged the people to unite and restore the lost glory of the Warri kingdom.
He commended the former Delta State Head of Service, Patrick Origho, for sponsoring the event.
In his remarks, Origho urged the people of Warri to unite and speak with one voice.
“There is no need for distraction, hate speech, all we need is love that brings peace and founded on social justice,” he said.
In the same vein, the Chairman of WRI, Kess Agbosa, called for unity, peace and development of Warri.
“We want the spirit of Warri to come back,” Agbosa said.
An environmentalist, Mathew Alaka, spoke on the need to maintain a clean and healthy environment in Warri community.