Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State on Sunday said the reign of the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse II, has brought immense blessings to the state and the country.
Uduaghan made the remark at the Thanksgiving Service to round-off the four-day celebration to mark the monarch’s 27th Coronation Anniversary.
The service was held at the Erejuwa 11, Four Square Gospel Church, inside the Olu Palace in Warri.
Uduaghan said that many indigenes of Itsekiriland had risen to different political positions during the reign of the Olu.
He added: “It is under your reign that an Itsekiri man became Speaker of the Delta Assembly.
“Others are President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Chief Judge of the state and Governor of Delta, among others.
“However, under your reign, Itsekiris have had some challenges with their neighbours, but we were able to deal with the challenges and leaving peacefully with these neighbours.
“Under your leadership as Chairman of the Delta Council of Traditional Rulers, the body has witnessed peace.
“The presence of several traditional rulers in this thanksgiving attests to how well you have been leading.”
The governor commended majority of the monarchs who have embraced Christianity, noting that it was an indication of progress and good things happening in the state.
“Nowadays, you hardly go to any palace without experiencing allegiance to Christian life and when the King is at peace with God, the kingdom is at peace,” Uduaghan said.
He promised his administration’s commitment to supporting the state’s council of traditional rulers.
Top government functionaries; palace chiefs; General Overseer of the Four Square Gospel Church, Rev. Felix Mebuoye; and the Warri District Overseer, Rev. Sam Aboyeji; among others attended the thanksgiving.