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Oba of Benin prays for 2019, charges traditional rulers on level playing field


[File] Oba Ewuare II

His Royal Majesty Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II, Oba of Benin has called on traditional rulers not to involve in party politics to the detriment of the people and the tradition.

Oba Ewuare II who made the call when traditional rulers from south-south, south-west and south-east paid him a royal visit in his palace in Benin City however charged them to provide level playing ground for all politicians irrespective of political party.

The Benin Monarch also tasked the traditional rulers to pray for God to provide the right leaders for the states and the nation, while admonishing them to pray for the success of government at all levels.

His Royal Majesty told the traditional rulers to uphold high level of peace, integrity and harmony ahead of the 2019 election, as peace, integrity and harmony were panacea for speedy economic growth and development in the society.

The Omo N’Oba called on the traditional rulers to pray for God to avert violence and bloodshed before, during and after the 2019 general elections.

The Oba of Benin told the royal fathers that there was need for them to hold on to their tradition very firmly, and should not allow external influence to corrupt our culture and tradition.

His Royal Majesty says he will do his best to support the activities of the Traditional Rulers Forum.

Earlier, the leader of the traditional rulers and the Amayanabor of Nembe, His Royal Majesty King Edmund Dakoru said they were in Benin City for their conference, which among others is to deliberate on electoral violence, especially as the 2019 general elections draws near.

King Dakoru said they also considered how traditional rulers could do what they can without waiting for government, pointing out that they needed to be self-supporting.

The Amayanabor of Nembe said as traditional rulers they are proud of the Oba of Benin, as many of them have links with the Great Benin Empire.

He congratulated the Oba for his second coronation anniversary and for the launch of the Red Book, adding that Oba Ewuare II has been able to blend the ancient with the modern.

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