Buhari makes landmark visit to Oba of Benin



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President Muhammadu Buhari paid a courtesy visit to the palace of the Oba of Benin, Eheneden Erediauwa.

President Muhammadu Buhari at the palace of the Oba of Benin, alongside Governor Adams Oshiomhole.

According to Daily Post, Buhari made the historic visit shortly after his arrival in Edo state for the All Progressives Congress (APC) mega rally on Tuesday, September 6.

During his speech at the rally, Buhari paid tributes to the late Oba, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo 1, who passed on April 29.

The president described him as a foremost traditional leader with unquestionable integrity, saying: “I have not seen any more forthright traditional ruler.”

Recalling his days with Oba Erediauwa, Buhari said the Oba distinguished himself as an impartial leader, especially during his days as a Federal Permanent Secretary in the early 1980s.

“He was a very courageous King and a visionary leader that will ever be missed,” Buhari said.

In the same vein, President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the Crown Prince of Benin, Prince Ehenede Erediauwa that he will be attending the coronation of the Crown Prince as the substantive Oba of Benin Kingdom, scheduled for September 26th, 2016.

According to the Benin traditional council,the ceremony is billed to take place on September 26th,2016 in Benin City, the Edo state capital.

High profile dignitaries expected at the coronation ceremony includes the Zulu king of South Africa; King of Lesotho; King Muswathi of Swaziland; and King Kabaka of Uganda.

The Edaiken N’Uselu‎ while making his remarks, revealed that the visiting monarchs from Africa would want to pay the President a courtesy visit in Aso Rock and urged him to accept their request and extend presidential audience to the African kings.

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President Buhari who gave the assurance when he paid a courtesy visit to the Crown Prince of Benin, prior to the APC mega rally at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium Benin City, expressed his love for the Benin Kingdom.

In the same vein, Alhaji Aliko Dangote was in the palace of Prince Ehenede Erediauwa to commiserate with him on the demise of the late Oba his father, as well as to congratulate him on his forthcoming coronation as the new Oba of Benin.

The business tycoon promised to bring more investment to Edo state.

He said that with the kind of weather and natural resources in the state, Edo could be made an employment hub for job seekers.

He added that the. state was so blessed and creating jobs would not be a difficult task.

He expressed delight that the prince would be crowned as the new Oba of Benin on September 26, saying that the late Oba served the people of Edo in particular and the country well.

Dangote said: “I have no doubt that with you as the next Oba, Benin will be taken to the next level.

“I also know that your experience as an Ambassador will be brought to bare.”

He assured the monarch of his continued support to the kingdom.

Responding, the crown prince said he was delighted to receive Dangote in his palace.

He gave assurance that he would do all it takes to justify the confidence reposed in him by the people.

He said: “when God gives an assignment, He provides the means and resources by which the assignment will
be accomplished.”

He appealed to Dangote to always represent the state before the Federal Government, noting that “I know you always have a way of attacking any government in power, please always help actualise state’s request before the Federal Government.”

He also appealed to Dangote to help support and promote tourism in the state.

According to him, he has a passion to promote tourism in the state so as to create employment for the unemployed through the establishment of a refinery.

He urged the business mogul to support the initiative to make Gelegele, a coastal community in the state, a Free Trade Zone.

Earlier, Governor Adams Oshiomhole, who accompanied Dangote on the visit, said that the business tycoon was in the palace to commiserate with the royal household, in addition to congratulating the monarch on his forthcoming coronation.

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