Governor Obaseki Promises To Continue To Respect Oba Ewure II
The Government of Edo State has said there is no conflict between its interests and that of his Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Ukuakpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare the Second with regards to the laudable national milestone of having the Highly valued artefacts returned home to Nigeria.
The Governor of the State Mr Godwin Obaseki has consequently ordered that on no account should anyone, whether in government or acting independently, engage in disrespectful exchanges and/or altercation with the revered Royal Majesty and the Benin Royal Palace.
The Government in a Statement signed by the Secretary Barrister Osarodion Ogie said its attention has been drawn to the widely publicized media statement issued by the Palace of His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare the second.
The Government of Edo State observed that the statement appears to have created the impression that there is a major conflict between the interests of the Edo State Government and His Royal Majesty.
The Government remarked that the Governor has always acted transparently and in consonance with existing Federal and State laws in all matters relating to the proposed return of the artefacts and monuments.
It said Government’s decisions and actions thus far on the issue have been driven by selfless, patriotic considerations and in the best interest of Edo State and Edo people.
The Government of the State particularly noted that the Governor His Excellency, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has displayed and will continue to display immense respect for the traditional institution and make efforts to secure a private audience with His Royal Majesty to discuss his concerns.
Meanwhile, the Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki has expressed his gratitude to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, and Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and other officials of the federal government for their patriotic and tireless efforts that have resulted in the anticipated achievement which has remained elusive for over a century.
The Governor assured that he will continue to work assiduously with all local and international stakeholders for the eventual and final return of the valued Records of the great and glorious heritage back to Benin City for the benefit of all Edo people, Nigerians and the black race.
He also thanked and congratulated the Federal Government, the Minister, the Royal Palace of the Oba of Benin and all stakeholders who have contributed to the successes so far recorded in the endeavor.
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