Oba Of Benin Visits Ooni Of Ife, Aregbesola

 

The Oba of Benin Oba Ewuare II on Saturday visited the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

The Ooni received the revered monarch at his Enuwa Palace in Ile-Ife. Both traditional rulers also paid a courtesy visit to Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

Oba Ewuare II’s visit marks the first time in 37 years that an Oba of Benin is visiting Ile-Ife.

Prior to Saturday’s visit, Oba Ereduiwa’s visit in 1981 was the last visit by an Oba of Benin to Ile-Ife.

Oba Ewuare II is expected to visit some significant places including the Oranmiyan groove.

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Your Father Was My ‘Backbone’, Buhari Tells Oba Of Benin

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday met with the Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II.

While receiving the traditional ruler at the State House in Abuja, the President spoke about his relationship with the immediate past Oba of Benin, Oba Erediauwa I, who is also the father of the visiting traditional ruler.

He described Erediauwa I as his “backbone of support” when he was Federal Commissioner of Petroleum Resources and, the late Oba was a Federal Permanent Secretary.

“I cannot hold back my emotions, talking about my relationship with your predecessor,” President Buhari said in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.

“After General Murtala Mohammed was assassinated, I was moved from the North East as governor to Ministry of Petroleum. Your father was then Permanent Secretary. My relationship with him was very strong. I have lost count of the number of visits to his palace as Oba.”

The President appreciated the efforts of the late Oba for stabilising the Delta region of the country because of his firmness, as well as the immediate past governor of Edo State, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, for stabilising the state.

He also commended Oba Ewuare II for following the footsteps of his predecessor while reiterating his support for the traditional institution.

“I know and respect the traditional institution. I try as much as possible to understand why the authors of our Constitution kept silent about their role – that was probably the best thing way to preserve their neutrality,” he said. “Your Royal Majesty, you are safe where you are.”

He further commended the stabilising roles that the Eweka Dynasty of Benin Kingdom had been playing in the affairs of the country.

According to him, Nigerians have reasons to be proud of the stabilising roles Benin chiefs had played right from the colonial era to the current period, not only in the Delta region but the entire country.

In his remarks, the traditional ruler commended President Buhari for the way he has been handling security matters in the country.

He, however, urged the Federal Government to establish industries in the rural areas to curb unemployment, rural-urban migration and human trafficking among others.

Oba Ewuare’s delegation was made up of chiefs from other parts of Edo State, including the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun.

Oba Of Benin Seeks EU Support On Cultural Renaissance

Benin, Oba of benin, Benin MonarchThe Palace of the Oba of Benin said it will partner with the European Union to promote cultural renaissance and tourism in Edo State.

This was part of the outcomes of a meeting between Oba Ewuare II and the EU Ambassador and Head of Delegation to Nigeria, Michel Arrion when he visited the monarch at his palace in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

The Monarch appealed to the Ambassador to help in reducing the difficulty associated with assessing EU fund.

He also sought the EU’s support in agro-allied industries which he said would help provide jobs for youths in the state and reduce illegal migration.

On his part, Ambassador Arrion said they would partner with the Benin Kingdom in the areas of farming, job creation, health, electricity and water.

He added that the EU grant would take care of the social sector while its loan would be used to improve agriculture and electricity in about 10 states including Edo.

Governor Obaseki Signs CDA Bill Into Law

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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has signed into law a bill prohibiting forceful and illegal occupation of landed property by Community Development Associations (CDAs) in the state.

During the signing ceremony at the Government House in Benin City, the Edo state capital, Governor Obaseki said his administration will always provide a conducive environment for investments to thrive in the state.

He stated that many of the youths who would be affected by the bill would be compensated, urging the public to get familiar with the provisions of the law, adding that ignorance of the law is no excuse.

The governor further said that the acts of land grabbing is inimical to the economic growth of the society.

A copy of the bill was later presented to Oba Ewuare II, the Oba of Benin.

The Benin Monarch lauded the State’s Executive and Legislature for the swift enactment of the law, adding that those affected will be compensated.

“Palliative measures are put in place to ensure that they don’t see it as witch-hunting or excessive punishment or that they don’t recognise their plight”

Meanwhile, a task force headed by the former Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has been set up to drive enforcement of the law.

Benin Kingdom Crowns Ewuare II As 40th Oba

Benin, Oba of benin, Benin MonarchEdo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole has presented the staff of office to the new Oba of Benin, Eheneden Erediauwa.

The crown prince, Eheneden Erediauwa is was coronated as the 40th monarch of the Benin kingdom on Thursday, October 20.

Activities marking the coronation of the new monarch of the Benin Kingdom have been ongoing in the Edo State capital.

The ancient city is agog with ceremonies which are steeped in ancient tradition.

The event is attended by prominent Nigerians and first class traditional rulers from across the country.

Among them are the Sultan of Sokoto, the Emir of Kano, the Olu of Warri, the Ooni of Ife and the Obi of Onitsha.

The chairman of the Coronation Planning Committee prof. Greg Akenzua told Channels Television that everything necessary had been done to make the ceremony as memorable as possible.

Edo state had declared October 20, 2016 a public holiday in preparation for the historic event.

The government believes the public holiday would give Edo people the opportunity to partake in the historic installation of the new Oba.

In fulfillment of the coronation rights of the Benin kingdom, the crown Prince on Tuesday, visited Useh Village in Egor Local Government Area, to choose the name he will bear as king.

 

Edo Govt. Declares Holiday For Oba Of Benin Coronation

Edo, Oba of Benin, Eheneden ErediauwaThe Edo State Government has declared Thursday, October 20 a public holiday in the state in south-south Nigeria.

The holiday was announced on Tuesday in a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Julius Ihonvbere.

The public holiday is in honour of the Crown Prince, Ambassador Eheneden Erediauwa, Edaiken N’Uselu, whose coronation as the Oba of Benin holds same day.

The government hopes that the holiday would ensure a hitch-free coronation ceremony.

The statement added that the holiday would give residents of Edo State the opportunity to partake in the historic installation of the new Oba of Benin.

Edo Governorship Poll: Prince Erediauwa Warns Against Hate Campaign

Crown Prince of Benin Kingdom, Prince Eheneden ErediauwaCrown Prince of Benin Kingdom, HRH Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, has urged political parties in the 2016 governorship election in Edo State to promote peace rather than attacking each other during campaigns.

The Edaiken of N’Uselu gave the advice when the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) visited him at his Uselu palace in the Edo State capital, south-south Nigeria.

He assured the PDP delegation of playing a non-partisan role in matters concerning the coming September 10 governorship polls.

“I have tried to reiterate and re-emphasise (that) position of the crown in Benin is non-partisan.

“My appeal (to you is) to please maintain peace and tranquility when you are campaigning,” Prince Erediauwa said.

The PDP governorship candidate, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, said that the party faithful were at the palace to pay homage to the monarch.

“The paramount ruler of this entire kingdom is the Oba of Benin, symbolised by the Crown Prince, Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, the Edaiken N’Uselu.

“We have come this morning to pay homage to him and to inform him formally of our intention to begin campaign in his domain,” he said.

Oshiomhole Urges Traditional Rulers To Intervene In Niger Delta Crisis

Adams Oshiomhole, Niger DeltaEdo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has called on traditional rulers and leaders of the Niger Delta to intervene in the ongoing insecurity and pollution of the region by militants under the aegis of the Niger Delta Avengers.

Governor Oshiomhole said this when he received a delegation from the National Assembly led by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremmadu.

The federal lawmakers were in Benin City, the Edo State capital to condole with the Benin Kingdom over the death of the Oba of Benin, Omo N’oba N’Edo Uku Akpolopkolo Erediauwa I.

Governor Oshiomhole noted that the people of the Niger Delta were primarily those who would suffer the effect of the ongoing pollution as a result of pipeline vandalism.

He also maintained that the ongoing insecurity would scare current and intending investors from the region.

Edo Declares 5-Day Public Holiday To Mourn Oba of Benin

Oba of BeninThe Edo State Government has declared a 5-day public holiday with effect from Tuesday, May 3, 2016 to mourn the Oba of Benin.

In a special announcement by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Prince Kassim Afegbua, only those on essential services in hospitals, health centres, the Fire Service and others are exempted from observing the public holiday.

The Nigerian National Flag is expected to be flown at half-mast across the state during the 5-day mourning period while work is expected to resume on Monday, 9th May, 2016.

As a mark of honour and respect for the revered Royal Father who recently transited to immortality, all government offices, establishments and parastatals have been urged to fully comply with the directive.

The Benin Traditional Council on April 29 officially announced the transition of the Oba of Benin, Omo N’oba N’Edo Uku Akpolopkolo Erediauwa I.

After the official announcement,  the Crown Prince, Eheneden Erediauwa, returned to Edaiken in Uselu for the continuation of the ceremonial rites that must be performed before he would ascend the throne.

Oba Erediauwa was crowned Oba of Benin on March 23, 1979.

He died at the age of 92.

Oba Of Benin Joins Ancestors

Oba of BeninThe Benin Traditional Council has officially announced the transition of the Oba of Benin, Omo N’oba N’Edo Uku Akpolopkolo Erediauwa I.

The announcement was made on Friday by the Iyase of Benin, Mr Sam Igbe, with significant breaking of the native chalk at the Ugha Ozonolua pavilion within the palace in Benin City, the capital of Edo State.

After the official announcement,  the Crown Prince, Eheneden Erediauwa, returned to Edaiken in Uselu for the continuation of the ceremonial rites that must be performed before he would ascend the throne.

Oba Erediauwa was crowned Oba of Benin on March 23, 1979.

He died at the age of 92.

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Breaking of the native chalk is a significant part of the rituals performed when an Oba of Benin joins his ancestors.

The Leopard Is Ill

In early 2015, his death was rumoured, but the Benin Traditional Council dismissed the rumour.

It, however, announced that the Oba of Benin was indisposed and would not be available for public engagements until further notice.

The announcement was contained in a statement by the Secretary of the Benin Traditional Council, Mr Frank Irabor.

The statement read: “It is hereby announced for the information of the general public that in the Palace parlance, ‘Uhunmwun ve Ekpen vb’ Ato’, meaning the Leopard is ill in the Savannah bush.

“The explanation is that Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Erediauwa, CFR, Oba of Benin is indisposed.

“Public engagements including courtesy visits, hearing of complaints from individuals, families and communities, and in particular, complaints over inheritance and land disputes are therefore suspended until further notice”.

The rumour spread further after former President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign train tried to reach the Oba but could not.

Friday’s announcement of the Oba’s departure showed some traditions that most young Benin indigenes had not seen in over three decades.

With a small local gong, the members of the Traditional Council, whose duty it was to announce the Oba’s departure, moved around specific areas of the city, making the news known.

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A chief in Benin Kingdom with a local gong announcing the death of the Oba of Benin Omo N’oba N’Edo Uku Akpolopkolo Erediauwa I

In Africa tradition, a Kings departure is not made known immediately, but delayed until the Traditional Council reaches a decision on it.

His Royal Majesty Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Erediauwa I was the 38th Oba of Benin.

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The Palace of the Oba of Benin, Omo N’oba N’Edo Uku Akpolopkolo Erediauwa I

Oba Erediawua took on the title and duties as traditional head of state and rightful heir of the extinct Benin Empire when he was crowned, succeeding his father, Oba Akenzua II, in a ceremony held in Benin City.

Before he was crowned, he was known as Prince Solomon Aiseokhuoba Igbinoghodua Akenzua.

Oba Of Benin Indisposed, Traditional Council Suspends Public Engagements

Oba of BeninThe Benin Traditional Council has announced that the Oba of Benin is indisposed and would not be available for public engagements until further notice.

This is contained in a statement by the Secretary of the Benin Traditional Council, Frank Irabor.

The statement read, “It is hereby announced for the information of the general public that in the Palace parlance, ‘Uhunmwun ve Ekpen vb’ Ato’ meaning the Leopard is ill in the Savannah bush.

“The explanation is that Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Erediauwa, CFR, Oba of Benin is indisposed.

“Public engagements including courtesy visits, hearing of complaints from individuals, families and communities, and in particular, complaints over inheritance and land disputes are therefore suspended until further notice.”