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Benin monarch gives Igbinedion ultimatum

By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—THE Esama of Benin, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, was yesterday in Benin given one week to apologize and seek forgiveness from the Oba of Benin.
Public Relations Consultant to the Oba of Benin, Obi Martha Dunkwu, conveyed the message of the palace to Chief Igbinidion on the face – off between the Palace and  the Esama during the media quarterly parley with the Benin monarch, Oba Erediauwa.

Chief Igbinedion, it would be recalled, was suspended from palace functions 18 months ago by the Benin Council of Chiefs over allegations of parading himself as the Oba of Benin outside the shores of the country, among other offences.

Dunkwu also advised him to do the right thing by going through the palace chiefs, headed by the Iyase of Benin Kingdom, to apologize to and seek forgiveness from the Oba.

Similarly, the Independent Television station (ITV), owned by Chief Igbinedion, was requested to also tender unreserved and unconditional apology to the Oba of Benin for allegedly despising the Benin monarch.

The palace also yesterday advised the Benin Market Women Leaders Association, led by one Mrs. Josephine Omoregie, to come to the palace of the Oba and tender apology to the Oba over their conduct and utterances at the palace ground two weeks ago.

The women had protested to the palace in their bid to seek forgiveness for Chief Igbinedion by the Oba of Benin and their action, which was given wide publicity in electronic media, reportedly angered the palace which had queried the behavior of the women.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Edo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr. Friday Obanor, yesterday tendered an apology to the Oba over comments he reportedly made in electronic media when the market women protested to the palace.

It was gathered that some journalists who had gone to the palace to cover the protest were restricted by palace security, but the NUJ Chairman reportedly berated the actions of the palace security who were said to have acted on the palace authority.

The comments of the NUJ Chairman on television, it was learnt, angered the Oba of Benin and consequently, the palace yesterday during the parley demanded apology from the NUJ Chairman and he was subsequently forgiven by the Oba

Earlier, the Vice Chairman of the Edo NUJ, Ms Flora Bosey, who stood in before the arrival of the NUJ Chairman, had urged the Benin Monarch to continue his good relationship with journalists in the state, noting that no other traditional institution in the country was doing what the Oba of Benin was doing to journalists in hosting them quarterly for the past 11 years.


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