The Edo State Government has retracted a letter earlier to on Edaiken N’Uselu, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa as the new Oba of Benin after the demise of Momo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, the Oba of Bening.
In another letter retracting the earlier one, the Seceretary to the State Government, Professor Julius Ihonvbere said that the first letter was issued in error.
The Edo government sadi: “in deference to the revered age-long tradition and respect for the sensibilities of the people of the great Benin Kingdom, the Government of Edo State hereby withdraws a letter issued on 24th May 2016 entitled: ‘Appointment of His Royal Highness Edaiken N’Uselu, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa as the Oba of Benin.’
“The said letter was issued in error as the rites of passage of His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba of Benin are still on.
“The Government will, in due course, issue a fresh letter on the installation of the Edaiken N’Uselu, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa as the Oba of Benin, in line with the age-long succession tradition of the Benin Kingdom and in line with Section 19 (1) of the Traditional Rulers and Chiefs Law, 1979 (as amended) and by virtue of all other laws enabling it in that behalf, after all necessary traditional rites are concluded.” [myad]