OBA OF BENIN CHARGES THE PEOPLE TO PRAY AGAINST VIOLENCE, AND BLOOD BATH IN THE 2019 GENERAL ELECTIONS
By: Desmond Agbama, CPS to Oba of Benin
The purification of villages, edification of Emotan Shrine, misuse and abuse of Okuku hairstyle, establishment of Satellite Town and performance of full Ugie this year topped the agenda of the meeting of the Oba of Benin with Chiefs, Enigie, Ohen, Edionwere, market women and other stakeholders in Benin Kingdom in the Oba Palace on Friday 28th September, 2018.
Addressing the people, His Royal Majesty said it is the responsibility of the Palace to continue to pray for peace, progress, development and wellbeing of the people.
The Omo N’Oba said towards this end, the Emotan Shrine has been given a face-lift and warned against its desecration and directed all Bini people to perform certain traditional rites at the Emotan Shrine for blessings and protection upon their lives and that of members of their family.
His Royal Majesty also directed that prayers should be said to prevent violence and blood bath before, during and after the 2019 general elections, and directed all village heads and priests of various deities to perform acts of purification in order to avert the ugly occurrence.
On the misuse and abuse of the Okuku hairstyle by actors, dancers and those getting married, Oba Ewuare II said it is a taboo to emulate the hairstyle fashioned out by the ancestors for the Oloi in the Palace.
His Royal Majesty said henceforth it is not acceptable for people to use the Okuku hairstyle, pointing out that another hairstyle would be fashioned out for everyone to use during marriage, art or cultural exhibitions.
The Benin Monarch informed the people of Palace decision to establish Satellite Town which will bring development to the Kingdom, with all modern facilities, and infrastructure, adding that at the appropriate time the location of the satellite town would be made known to members of the public.
This year makes it three years in the Benin native calendar that Oba Ewuare II ascended the throne, consequently, the Oba said the Ugie will start fully in the Kingdom, and the Omo N’Oba gave approval for all Edionwere, Ohen and Enigie in Benin Kingdom to attend the ceremony, assuring that they would be well entertained.
The Palace condemned the act of some chiefs who still engage in illegal settlement of disputes, and urged the people to disregard such judgement, except if it is presided over by the Omo N’Oba or the Benin Customary Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.
The Oba also harped on the need for people to embrace cleanliness either at home, market or workplace, as the saying goes, cleanliness is next to godliness.
On the issue of Odionwereship, Oba Ewuare II explained that if an Odionwere dies, it is after two years that a new Odionwere can be installed, pointing out that the Ozukpogieva could act until approval is given by the Palace for him to be installed.
The Omo N’Oba said the current practice where people rush to install themselves as Odionwere without following the laid down procedure was no longer acceptable.