By Jon Egie

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HRH, R.L.Ogbon, Ogoni-Oghoro 1, the Ohworode of Olomu kingdom

HRH, R.L.Ogbon, Ogoni-Oghoro 1, the Ohworode of Olomu kingdom

Politicians in the ruling and opposition parties have been called upon to have the fear of God in their dealings with Nigerian so that the country can move forward.

Centenarian, HRH Richard Layeguen Ogbon, the Ohworode of Olomu kingdom of Ughelli South LGA in Delta State gave the charge during the occasion of the celebration of his 101 birthday; Saturday, January 20 at his palace in Ogoni-Olomu.

 

The monarch read the first lesson of the service from Psalm 33:22-24 without glasses

The monarch read the first lesson of the service from Psalm 33:22-24 without glasses

The traditional ruler who is the oldest monarch in Nigeria and possibly, the world over, and who is also the only Royal Canon ordained by the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) observed that presently, Nigeria is replete with insecurity, corruption, injustice, senseless killings by Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen, violent agitations, oppression, lawlessness, nepotism and religious intolerance.

According to him, these vices are clear indications of the Nigerian privileged leaders and politicians running the country without the fear of God and love for their fellow countrymen.

 

Ughelli South LGC Chairman, Dr Richard Kofi leading his executive and legislators to pay tribute to the king during the occasion.

Ughelli South LGC Chairman, Dr Richard Kofi leading his executive and legislators to pay tribute to the king during the occasion.

He said for Nigeria to experience a better future, come 2019 and beyond, all hands must be on deck to clear the fatherland of those ugly situations.

“Nigerians must have a change of heart, we must make sincere and repentant prayers and ask God to forgive our sins because except the Lord builds the house, they labour in vain that build it and except the Lord watches over the city the watchman wakes in vain.

He described his 101st birthday as a new dawn of love, peace and unity and appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to take advantage of the grace of God for saving his life and granting him more years to rule Nigeria to “urgently listen to the sufferings, yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians, do the needful for all to be happy and ensure peace and progress in Nigeria.”.

He appreciated God for the rare gifts of health, long life and many honours and informed that he would spend the remaining part of his life in close relationship with God, promote love and unity among his subjects, the people of Urhobol and among other ethnic nationalities in Nigeria and the world at large.

The ceremony was spiced by the celebration of the Holy Eucharist during which the Rev Canon G.O.C Amrevwobrise delivered the homily.

In his special birthday sermon, the priest expressed belief that the longevity of the monarch is hinged on his trust and fear of God and as such has become a model to other kings in Delta State.

He admonished Christians to eschew evil, gossip and oppression so that they could live long. Nothing else brings long life except the fear of God, he said.

The priest recounted the series of violent crimes including murder and rape of young girls and women in Olomu kingdom and charged the monarch to realize that God continues to prolong his life because he still has a job to do.

“You will stand for God, you have nothing to fear, confront and uproot the staff of evil planted in Olomu kingdom and Urhoboland. God has lifted you to an enviable height to see that his work is done” the priest exhorted