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Edo govt refutes claims of dissolving powers of Oba of Benin

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The Edo State Government has denied rumours making the rounds that it has dissolved the powers of the Oba of Benin, while noting its commitment towards protecting the Benin heritage and culture.

The assurance was given on Tuesday by Deputy Governor, Mr Philip Shaibu, while addressing members of the Benin National Congress who embarked on a peaceful protest to Government House, Benin.

While addressing the group which was protesting the alleged imposition of one Arisco Osemwengie as the “Ogiamien” of Benin kingdom, the Deputy Governor said; “Anyone who tries to reduce the image of the Benin ancestry is only wasting his time”.

Mr Shaibu who also assured the protesters that Edo government will not watch anybody ridicule the good image of the Oba of Benin, said; “I thank you all for this peaceful protest; protest is made to press up demands if only it is peaceful.

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“Let me assure you that Edo government will not fold its hands and watch anybody ridicule the good image of the Oba of Benin with his highly reputation.
“Anybody who tries to reduce the image of the Benin ancestry is only wasting his time, nobody can reduce the reputation the palace of Benin has made.

“As government, we will continue to do everything humanly possible to protect Edo cultural heritage.

“Let me assure you that Gov. Godwin Obaseki and the good people of Edo will do everything within their powers in protecting Benin kingdom,” Shaibu added.

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