Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo has called on Olu Warri to continue to be steadfast in stimulating the relationship of the Itshekiri with the Yoruba Nation, noting that, they stood as a link between the Yoruba Nation and other Southern States of the country.
Oba Gbadebo disclosed this, while welcoming the Olu of Warri Kingdom, Oke Ogiame Atuwatse III and his Chiefs at the Ake Palace, on Wednesday, 30th of March, 2022
The Alake noted that, Itsekiri and Yoruba Nation had almost the same Language, adding that, their thinking were also the same.
Oba Gbadebo told the Olu of Warri that, the first newspaper in Nigeria was published in Egbaland in the year 1859, likewise the First Church was also founded in Egbaland.
Speaking further, he recalled that, the first woman to drive a car in Nigeria was Mrs. Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, who was also a product of Egbaland.
The Egba Apex Monarch added that, the Olumo Rock, which was among the great tourist attractions in Nigeria, was also situated in Abeokuta, hence, calling on the Warri’s Apex Monarch to pay a visit to the site as part of their visit to Egbaland.
Oba Gbadebo reiterated that, Itseriki and the Yoruba Nation were one, indivisible and would always be together.
Speaking earlier, the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III, appreciated the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo for buying them the time to visit him, likewise his royal prayers and support for the Warri Kingdom.
Oba Ogiame noted that, before the nation became what it is today, they were one and interwoven with the Yorubas.
He added that, the Itshekiri and the Yoruba Nations shared many similarities, adding that, they were proud of being associated with the the Yoruba Land and Ogun State.
Speaking further, he described Itsekiri as a bridge between the Niger Delta States and the Yoruba Nation, adding that, they had been able to play the role fantastically well and they would continue to be assiduous in playing the role
The Olu of Warri therefore told the Alake not to be hesitant in visiting them in Warri adding that, they regarded them as brothers.
He also reassured Egba Apex Monarch, noting that, they would be ready to support the Yoruba Nation, in all activities pertaining to their development, heritage, virtue, culture and tradition.
Egba Chiefs present at the occasion included: Chief Sikirullahi Atobatele; Balogun of Egbaland, Chief Bode Mustapha; Osi of Egbaland, Chief Ganiyu Babayeju; Aare Onakankafo of Egbaland, Chief Bayo Soyoye; Akogun Egbaland, Chief Ayinla Olaogun; Lisa of Egbaland, Chief Israel Akinwale; Baagbimo of Egbaland, Chief Kehinde Sofenwa; Bantun of Egbaland, Chief Toye Okanlawon; Bobaguwa of Egbaland, Chief Jide Taiwo; Baagbaje of Egbaland, and Amona Baaroyin.
Other Chiefs included: Chief Ayinde Adewolu, who was representing Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and also accompanied by Chief Niyi Adegbenro.