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Regent sues for peace, camaraderie ahead of Edo guber poll

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The Odionwere Ogbe Akenzua II of Oredo Local Council in Edo, Chief Osaro Obaseki-Ehigiator, has urged the Oba of Benin, the Chiefs-in-Council, the people, stakeholders and particularly the political parties to embrace peace and camaraderie ahead of the governorship election holding in the state year.

In a statement, he implored traditional rulers, whom he described as the “custodian of our laws and customs” to protect jealously the rich culture and mores of the state, noting that they had long been in existence, and would certainly, outlive the present generation and the others to come.

Obaseki-Ehigiator condemned what he referred to as “our neglect for our traditions and customs to embrace western culture, impliedly calling our customs inferior.”

He pleaded that such “myopic” perception should be discarded with to save “our customs and traditions from going into extinction like every other thing is gradually going into extinction all in the name of technology.”

The regent appealed to the people to be united in the face of adversity, asserting: “United we stand, and divided we fall.”

He beseeched the Benin monarch; Senate President Ahmad Lawan; House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila; Governor Godwin Obaseki; the Inspector General of Police (IGP); the Commissioner of Police (CP) in Edo; the state House of Assembly and other relevant authorities in election management to ensure a hitch-free poll later this year in the state.


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