Ooni of Ife visits Tompolo’s hometown

Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi

Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has paid a visit to Gbaramatu kingdom in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.

Former militant Government Ekpemupolo, better known as Tompolo, is from Oporoza community in Gbaramatu kingdom.

The Ooni, who spoke on Wednesday night when he visited the Pere of Gbaramatu kingdom, Oboro-Gbaraun II, at his palace, praised the kingdom for their effort in securing critical economic national assets around them.

“Gbaramatu is located between two major terminals. Your majesty, we are here to associate with your kingdom,” he said.

While thanking the monarch of Gbaramatu for rolling out the drums to accord him and his entourage a colourful reception,  the Ooni said he was happy to observe that Yoruba sons and daughters were spread across Gbaramatu and several Ijaw communities doing business.

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“We have a component of Ijaw people in Ife, Ondo, Lagos and some parts of Ogun State. Wherever you see water bodies you find the good people of Ijaw. Water is life,” he said.

The Ooni also spoke about the rich history of Ife kingdom, saying it spans over thousands of years with roots across several parts of the world.

His host, the Pere of Gbaramatu kingdom, said the story of the Ijaw nation was a bitter narrative, stressing that though they feed the nation Ijaw areas wallow in poverty and neglect.

He said the people of Gbaramatu would however continue to promote peace in the country.