President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the Oba of Benin, Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa had secured a place of honour in the history of the Benin Kingdom and Nigeria by his long and highly successful career as a public servant, administrator and chief custodian of the much celebrated culture and traditions of his people.
In his condolence message to Benin Kingdom over the death of the Oba today, President Buhari said that Oba Erediauwa would always be remembered as one of the most outstanding traditional rulers of his era.
The President said that he received the death of the Oba with sadness and an immense feeling of great national loss, describing him as highly revered traditional ruler of Benin Kingdom.
“On behalf of the Federal Government, President Buhari extends sincere condolences to Governor Adams Oshiomhole, the people of Benin Kingdom and Edo State on the passage of the beloved monarch who had ruled over his people since his ascension to the throne in 1979.
The President extended special commiserations to Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa and other members of the late Oba’s immediate family even as he assured them of the fullest sympathy and solidarity of the Federal Government and all Nigerians as they mourn
Meanwhile, the former Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Atiku Abubakar, has also mourned the passing away of Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa of Benin.
Abubakar said the late Oba Erediauwa was a role model, an exceptional leader of not only his Benin people but a leading light in the committee of traditional rulers in the country.
The former Vice President in a statement by is media office in Abuja on Friday, noted that the late Benin monarch radiated royalty, majesty, wisdom, intelligence and nationalism even as he spared no effort in protecting the traditions and values of his people.
Abubakar noted the passing on of the monarch comes at a critical time when the country is facing numerous challenges of nation-building and would miss his wise counsel sorely.
The Turaki Adamawa called on the proud people of the Benin kingdom, the people and Government of Edo State and all Nigerians to take heart at the passing on of this illustrious royal personage adding that with the remarkable life he lived, the place of the Oba in Benin and Nigeria history is assured.
The former Vice President also extends his condolences to the Benin royal family and called on all its members to take heart and honour the memory of the late Oba by working for peace, which was a cardinal pursuit of the monarch during his lifetime. [myad]