President Buhari confident in new Benin Monarch

The new Oba of Benin Kingdom, Prince Eheneden Erediauwa. Oba Ewuare II.

The Presidency has expressed confidence that the new Oba of Benin Kingdom, Prince  Eheneden Erediauwa will build on the legacies of his fore fathers.

President Muhammadu Buhari who was represented by Vice president Yemi Oshinbajo at the coronation ceremony on Thursday in Benin, Edo state, described the new Oba as a man of intergrity.

‘‘We are gratified that with your meritious service as ambassador to various nations  and your sterling work in the oil and gas sector, stands you out in fulfilling the obligation of your ancestors. ‘’All those who know you are convinced that you will discharge your responsibility with great wisdom and integrity that your oredecessors have always displayed,’’ the President said.

Vice President Yemi Oshinbajo stated that ‘‘on behalf of the President and the Nigerian Government, I congratulate you on this historic occasion and assure you of support, especially the Royal Dynasty Trust, for youth employment and poverty and poverty alleviation.’’

His Royal Highness Eheneden Erediauwa emerged the 39th Oba of Benin Kingdom and received his staff of office from the Edo State Government on Thursday.

Oba Erediauwa explained that he would pay due attention to matters concerning the uplift of the Benin tradition, security, welfare of the people and palace reformation.

‘‘We shall carry out reforms in palace administration in order to be adequately responsive to our people’s sincere and deep longing for justice, equity and stability,’’ the Oba promised.

He also announced the name he had chosen to bear as Oba Emuare II and would be addressed as omo n’Oba n’Edo uku Akpolopkolo, Oba Ewuare II, after Oba Ewuare I, who resigned in 1440 AD.

Present at the coronation ceremony were top government functionaries and traditional rulers across the 36 states of Nigeria.


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