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Oba Of Benin Fearless, Pious, Says Saraki

Posted: May 1, 2016 at 3:14 am   /   by   /   comments (0)



?Rotimi Akinwumi



President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, at the weekend commiserated with the government and people of Edo State over the demise of the Oba of Benin, Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa.

He described the death of the monarch as the loss of “a people’s monarch.”

In a statement by the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, to the Senate President, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki described the late Oba as a just, fair-minded, courageous, benevolent and a people’s monarch who lived his entire life in the service of his people as a prince and king, while also serving the nation as a bureaucrat and diplomat of high repute.

The Senate President said he  received the news of Oba Erediauwa’s transition with great shock, because, “a glorious chapter in the annals of the Benin Kingdom has just come to a close.”

“My grief-stricken heart, however, goes out to the immediate family of the Oba, the Benin Traditional Council, the people and government of Edo State, over the glorious but yet sad exit of the Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa, our highly revered King.

“He was a fearless and pious monarch, attributes that distinguished him among other monarchs in the country. As we mourn the departure of our highly revered and benevolent patriarch, I can only enjoin his immediate family and the people of Edo State to take solace in the long, peaceful, enigmatic life of the departed, which was full of exemplary service to his subjects and the entire country,” Saraki said.

He prayed that Almighty God would grant the late Oba Erediauwa of Benin eternal welcome and bliss in the midst of his ancestors and make his successor-designate a greater king and worthy successor, who would positively advance the commendable legacies of progress and development exemplified by Oba Erediauwa.

The Senate President said, Nigeria would miss the late Oba of Benin because he was an embodiment of peace, culture and traditions of the Benin Kingdom in particular, Edo State and Nigeria in general, throughout the time of his reign.