– The national chairman of APC, has described the late Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba Erediauwa, as a royal colossus
– Oyegun disclosed that there was consolation in the fact that the Oba left a vibrant successor
Late Oba of benin
The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Oyegun, on Tuesday, May 3, described the late Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba Erediauwa, as a royal colossus whose exploit in the annals of governance brought honour, dignity and candour into traditional ruler-ship in Nigeria and beyond.
Oyegun stated this during a condolence to the Benin Crown Prince, His Royal Highness, Ehenede Erediauwa, adding that the late monarch was a great inspiration to all those behind him during his civil service years.
He disclosed that their visit to the Edaiken and members of the Royal family was meant to console and reassure the Edaiken of the solidarity and support of the people.
Oyegun who accompanied by the minister of state for health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said as grievous as the exit of the Benin monarch maybe, there was consolation in the fact that the Oba left a well-equipped, vibrant and articulate successor.
He said with the pedigree of the crown prince as an accomplished diplomat and administrator, he has no doubt in the ability and preparedness of His Royal Highness, crown prince Eheneden Erediauwa to pilot affairs of Benin Kingdom to the desired destination.
Edaiken in his response said he and other members of the family were touched by the immense display and show of emotional support by the people.
While appreciating Oyegun and the minister of state for health, for the visit, the Edaiken solicited the cooperation and prayers of all for a smooth and peaceful transition.
Other personalities who have visited the crown prince to express sympathy over the transition of the Oba of Benin, include the Senator representing Edo South at the national Assembly, Sen. Matthew Urhoghide and a business mogul, Captain Idahosa Okunbo.
In their separate remarks in the condolence register at the Edaiken Palace, they pledged their solidarity and loyalty to the Edaiken.
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In another development, the Edo state government has announced five days for mourning, as a mark of honour and respect for the late Benin monarch.
This was contained in a government special announcement signed by the state commissioner for Information and Orientation, Prince Kassim Afegbua. It stated that only those on essential services in hospitals, health centres, the Fire Service and others are exempted from observing the public holiday.