The Obi of Owa Kingdom in Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Onyike Efeizomor II, monday mourned the passing of the Oba of Benin, Omo-N-Oba Uku Akpolokpolor, Oba Erediauwa
The Obi, in a statement he signed and made available to THISDAY, noted that he received the news of the demise of the Oba of Benin with great shock, urging the people of great Benin Kingdom to raise their heads high as well as take heart over the death of the great monarch because he lived a life of total fulfilment.
According to Efeizomor in the statement, “The Imperial Majesty, Oba of Benin means many things to many people.
“Here in Owa Kingdom, the Omo-N-Oba represents a father, a sign post of peace, a great light of civilisation, a bridge builder and a helper. Oba Erediauwa was a great teacher and a good listener. His sense of humour and personal accommodation made conflict resolution easy.”
The Owa king added that the late Oba of Benin brought great respect and industry into the institution of traditional rulership in Nigeria, adding that the deceased raised the intellectual bar of the institution and caused various authorities to understand and respect the institution.
“He made it possible for both the high and mighty to understand the true meaning of the institution and how best the institution could be applied for national benefit to mankind. Today, it is true that persons of all facets embrace traditional institution.
“Omo-N-Oba N-Edo, the Oba of Benin has left the traditional institution with a flood-gate of interest, aspiration and unlimited drive as a most sort after position in Nigeria,” the statement stated.
In the condolence message, the Owa monarch, whose traditional headquarters is in Owa-Oyibu, the political headquarters of Ika North East Local Government Area, explained that Oba’s visits to co-royalties were a baptism of unity and progression.
He added: “By his generous disposition, he (Oba) became the head of traditional Jerusalem to the extent that traditional rulers across the country will continue to reflect on his spirit as the nerve of Africa tradition.
“His new definition of the traditional institution has resurrected and promoted the study and preservation of culture and civilization.
Oba Erediauwa was the greatest king of our time, I therefore urge the Binis, their friends, admirers inclusive, to preserve the heritage of our demised leaders in God’s name. Amen.”