No more burial, marriages in Iwere Land for now - Olu of Warri
By Tetsoma Neyin
The Olu of Warri, His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli has suspended traditional burial activities, marriages and all other forms of celebrations that would require a huge gathering in all Itsekiri communities in Delta state.
The Warri Monarch made the declaration following the global Coronavirus pandemic and the recent Delta state government measures to prevent the spread of the disease, pending when the state government will remove the stay at home order and the ban on related activities in the state.
In a statement signed by Chief Clement Maleghemi, Director, Palace Administration and made available to newsmen on Friday March 27, 2020 in Warri, Delta state also called on Itsekiri sons and daughters to comply with all government directives aimed at wiping out the dreaded Coronavirus from the country, adding that it is a necessary sacrifice to achieve a healthy country.‘I hereby order that all Itsekiri traditional burial activities and marriages be suspended forthwith throughout the state until the government directives are relaxed or lifted “, he stated.
The Royal Father further admonished Itsekiris resident in various communities to endeavor to wash their hands regularly with soap , apply hand sanitizers, adding that they should avoid gatherings of more than twenty persons.