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Oba Of Benin Embraces Gov Wike For President, Says “I Speak On Behalf Of Ancestors”

The Oba of Benin, Ewuare II has described Governor Nyeson Wike of Rivers State, who visited him to seek for his blessings as he goes into the contest for the Presidency of Nigeria as “our son.”

He said: “Wike is our son. We love him and if I say so, I believe I am speaking on behalf of our ancestors.”

The Oba of Benin, who received Governor Wike in his Palace today, April 14, added: “we will keep praying for him so that he does not come across anybody that will mislead him, that will mis-inform him and may he and his family not come across harm.

The monarch acknowledged the competence and capacity of Governor Wike based on what he has done as governor of Rivers State and advised political leaders to promote and ensure sustenance of the African culture and traditions which he said, the colonial masters tried to erase after discovering that Benin Kingdom and others had a superior administration and civilization than them.

“We must continue to hold on to our traditions and customs because of its superiority over others”

Governor Wike promised that if elected as president, he would focus on checking insecurity with massive investment in intelligence gathering, stressing that it is only in a secured environment that economic activities, agriculture and investment in infrastructure can thrive.

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“I was here one and a half years ago as the DG (Director General) of the campaign for the re-election of Governor Obaseki but I am here today not on behalf of anybody but of myself and my team to seek your prayers.

“I have come to Benin to talk to the delegates of our party that will be part of our national convention by May 28th and 29th. The way our country has fared, Nigeria needs somebody that will see white and say it is white and will see black and say that it is black. If the PDP gives me the ticket, I have enough experience to tackle Nigeria’s miriads of problems having been a local government chairman, Minister of State overseeing Education and now governor.

“The major issue confronting Nigeria today is insecurity and without security no other activity can function and what we need to tackle insecurity is intelligence gathering which is lacking, we are not going to sit down and give excuses but we will take action and spend resources to gather intelligence.”

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