Minister of state for labour and employment Festus Keyamo has congratulated Olu of Warri designate Prince Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko, whose choice was announced by the Iyatsere of Warri Kingdom earlier in the week.
Mr Keyamo, who is the representative of Delta State in the Federal Executive Council, in a statement signed by his aide on legal and community affairs, ME Ukusare, also commiserated with Itsekiri worldwide on the passage of the immediate past Olu, His Royal Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli.
He prayed for the repose of the soul of the monarch, whose death in December was officially announced along with the choice of his successor.
Keyamo said he looks forward to hitch-free coronation ceremonies for the new monarch, whilst praying for God’s guidance and a successful reign on the throne.
“The Minister also notes the dissent expressed by some on the issue.
“As one of the leaders of the Bar and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, advises those aggrieved to either accept the decision in good faith in the overall interest of the Itsekiri Kingdom and Delta State or have recourse to due process and legal avenues in ventilating their dissent.
“A resort to violence cannot be an option,” the statement concluded.