The new Oba of Benin, His Royal Highness Edaiken N’Uselu, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, has emerged after the death of the former one.
The Edo State Government approved the appointment of the Edaiken N’Uselu, saying that the approval was in line with Section 19 (1) of the Traditional Rulers and Chiefs Law, 1979 (as amended), adding that the appointment takes effect from April 29, 2016.
According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to governor Adams Oshiomhole, the approval was contained in a letter dated May 24, 2016, and signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Julius Ihonvbere.
Part of the letter titled, Appointment of His Royal Highness, Edaiken N’Uselu, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, as the Oba of Benin, read: “It is hereby notified for general information that in exercise of the powers conferred by 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, the Executive Council of the Edo State Government of Nigeria has approved the appointment of His Royal Highness Edaiken N’Uselu, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa as the Oba of Benin, with effect from April 29, 2016.”
The death of the immediate past Oba, Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa, was announced late last month by the Edo state government thus:
“Our hearts are heavy, laden with pains and grief, at the announcement of the passing on to glory of Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa of Benin, our highly revered Oba, a distinguished Edo numero uno, an accomplished Nigerian, a seasoned bureaucrat, quintessential unifier, unique personage and exemplary Omo N’Oba, whose reign brought distinction, immense class, finesse and integrity to traditional institution in Edo state and the country at large.
“His carriage comes with an élan that was peculiar with the reverence of royalty. His uncommon courage was symbolic of the can-do spirit of the Edo mind. His unity of purpose was not in doubt even as he used his revered position to promote constructive engagement amongst all shades of opinion and culture in Edo state.” [myad]