By Loveth Ojogun

His Royal Majesty, Elder (Capt.) Joseph Timiyan, Agbonu, Torububou 1, the Ebenanawei of Ogulagha Kingdom has said that the people of Ogulagha and Gbaramatu kingdom remain one, either maternally or paternally, including all the other Ijaw kingdoms.

He made this remark during a surprise party organized by staff of Joetek Engineering and Construction Company Limited to mark his 13th year on the throne of his ancestors, an event that was attended by people from different communities viz Ogulagha, Gbaramatu and other neighboring kingdoms in Burutu and Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.

According to his royal majesty, the show of love by staff of the company as well as other eminent personalities present would spur him to do more.

“I am so surprised for what I am seeing this morning. I am surprise because I never knew this type of event will take place today. All what I know is that all those who want to partake would go to Ogulagha Kingdom. For them to do this thing for me shows that I am not too good and I am not too bad, but I am their boss. I never knew I’m doing good like this but with what they are doing today gives me the courage to do more.

“Before I ascended this throne they knew me and being a king too they never see any difference. I remain the same person. This throne is not easy. For a man to be a king in an oil producing area is not an easy thing. The difference between oil producing and non-oil producing communities; there are a lot of atrocities and good things that are associated with oil and all those things are embedded in this kingdom. By His grace we will manage them to the end.

“I want to thank everyone that has come to celebrate with me on this special day, especially the women of Gbaramatu and Ogulagha Kingdom. We are very close and we have a common boundary and God will bless both Kingdoms as well as other Ijaw kingdoms.

“What you are seeing today is not the only celebration; it is just my company staff that is marking the 13th year coronation anniversary. When the kingdom wants to mark it you will see it in different form, not in this way. But we will do it in due time to come,” he added.

His royal majesty also appreciated the media house, GbaramatuVoice, for making it possible for people to be aware of the 13th year coronation anniversary in so short a time, as he commended them for doing a wonderful good job.

In his goodwill message on behalf of the staff and management of the company, the Managing Director, Mr. Power Maika, acknowledged the fact that it is not an easy task being a king of Ogulagha Kingdom all these years, adding that it gives the entire staff and management of the company, joy and happiness, to witness the celebration.

Among eminent personalities present are; His Royal Majesty, Pere (Dr.) Charles Ayemi-Botu, JP, OFR, the Paramount Ruler of Seibiri Kingdom; His Royal Majesty, Capt. Samuel Eva, Pere of Oporomor; and His Royal Majesty, Bosu Dio, the Ebenanaowei of Iduwini Kingdom, all of Delta State.

Others are; Chief Tunde Smooth, the Bolouwei of Niger Delta; Chief Favour Izoukumor, Commissioner, Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC); Chief T.M.O. Douglas; Chief George Timiyan; Hon. Godspower Ebiyai, Coordinator, Land and Waterways Security, Delta State; Princess Caroline Ene; amongst distinguished personalities.

Meanwhile, congratulatory messages have continued to pour out from other personalities in the region on the 13th year coronation anniversary of the Ebenanaowei of Ogulagha Kingdom.

According to Comrade Sheriff Mulade, National Coordinator, Center for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ), while congratulating the royal father called on all sons and daughters of Ogulagha Kingdom to give him their maximum support in order to move the Kingdom forward.

“I want to join millions of other people to congratulate the great Ogulagha king on his 13 years on the throne. His reign has brought peace and development to Ogulagha and I implore all sons and sundry to continue to rally round him. May God Almighty continue to give him the wisdom to pilot the affairs of the Kingdom that has become the envy of many in the last 13 years. I wish him well,” he said.

Chief Favour Izoukumor, Commissioner Representing Ijaw Ethnic Nationality in the Board of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, while giving his good will message said, the achievement of His Royal Majesty deserve to be celebrated adding that when leaders are being appreciated you are inspiring them to do more.

“The achievement of His Royal Majesty deserve to be celebrated, appreciated and when leaders are being appreciated and celebrated you are motivating them.”

Chief Favour stressed that he is not surprised that not only his people are celebrating him but Deltan’s and Nigeria at large.

Chief Tunde Smooth, the Bolowei of Niger Delta, while presenting his good will message to the celebrant, acknowledged that he is a man of the people stressing that it is not easy as a king to manage and tolerate his people, he therefore wished the celebrant a peaceful and successful reign on the throne.

The Special Assistant (SA), to the Delta State Governor on Conflict Resolution, and Founder, chairman of the Shedrack Agediga Foundation (SAF), has also congratulated the Ebenanaowei of Ogulagha Kingdom on his 13 years coronation anniversary, praying for his reign to bring peace and development to the land.

“Congratulations to the good people of Ogulagha Kingdom and His Royal Majesty, King Joseph Timiyan JP, Torububou 1, Agbonu, the Ebenanaowei of Ogulagha Kingdom as we celebrate your coronation anniversary today. It is our prayer that your reign will continue to usher the needed development and peace to our dear Kingdom.”

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