President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that none of the persons involved or so far linked with corrupt practices during the past administration is from the Itsekiri ethnic group.
He stated this during the coronation ceremony of the 20th Olu of Warri, Ikenwoli Gbesimi Emiko 1 on Saturday in coastal Ode-Itsekiri, Delta State.
President Buhari, who was represented by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr. David Lawal, had while extolling the virtues of people, pointed out that among those who have returned money they looted from the treasury, Itsekiri people remained one of the few ethnic groups not affected.
He also urged the new Olu of Warri to emulate his predecessor, late Oba Ogiame Atuwatse II, who embraced peace at all times.
Buhari said, “This kind of event sometimes happens once in a decade. We commend the late Olu for the quick resolution of crisis and we are grateful for the peaceful transition. Our prayer is that the new king should emulate the last.
“You have produced people that have helped to move the nation forward. The new Olu should not abdicate the responsibility to ensure peace.
“Among all the scandals and pilfering, no Itsekiri son is involved. This is a testimony to your strength of character and integrity”.
The coronation ceremony of Oba Emiko 1 as the paramount ruler of the Itsekiri people of Warri, was attended by several politicians, industrialists, traditional rulers and religious leaders among them national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki; Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara; newly-crowned Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State.
Other are former Vice President of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ekwueme; Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu and ex-Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabi’u Kwankwaso.
Speaking to newsmen in what was regarded as his first official outing since his own coronation last Monday, the Ooni of Ife expressed joy during the ceremony, while tracing the historic ties between the Yoruba and Itsekiri people.