Oba of Benin’s coronation historic, says Oshiomhole

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Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has said that the coronation of Oba of Benin is historic as it will be the first time an elected governor and an indigene of the state will perform the formality of presenting the staff of office to His Royal Majesty, the Oba of Benin, explaining that only military administrators and foreigners had done so in the past.

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Speaking while receiving the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Arkwright at the Government House, on Wednesday, Governor Oshiomhole said, “Before this Oba, the other Obas but one, I believe Oba Akenzua, was the one who had to be presented the staff of office, according to him, by the Queen of England a couple of years ago in 1933. Since then, I think the next Oba was crowned in 1979, and then Nigeria was already an independent country and the state was under military rule and the staff of office was presented by a military governor.

“Thursday will be the first time that an elected governor will have the pleasure, and somebody from Edo State, to formally present the staff of office to His Royal Majesty, the Oba of Benin.”

He said, “I’m sure you probably already know that this is one of the very few states, particularly in the Southern part of Nigeria where the issue of the paramount traditional ruler is not in dispute, where the chairman of the council of traditional rulers and chiefs is permanent and is the Oba of Benin, whereas in some states, particularly in the West, they rotate, and there are issues as to who comes before the other.

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“Every Edo person, including those who may not be directly under the Kingdom geographically, we all see the Oba as our paramount traditional ruler, which is why we have declared a public holiday for tomorrow.”

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