BY SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN—EDO State youths, Thursday, engaged themselves in a war of words, following the demand by the South-South Youth Alliance, SSYA, that Governor Adams Oshiomhole should apologise to the Esama of Benin Kingdom, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, over what they described as the abusive words used recently by the governor against the Benin chief.
The SSYA, led by its president, Mr. Bruce Nosa-Uwaifo, had, while briefing newsmen, accused Governor Oshiomhole of not respecting elders in the state, describing the recent altercation between the governor and Chief Igbinedion as unacceptable.
Ironically, the youths, who were gathered for the briefing, turned against the organisers, saying that Oshiomhole’s reaction was germane, and, therefore, he should not apologise, saying: “We thought we came here to talk about the development of youths. Were we invited here to insult the governor who has changed the lives of our people?”
Tension heightened when one of the youths, who identified himself as Anthony Bello-Osagie, informed the organisers that “we were in this state when the Esama you are talking about fought our father, the Oba of Benin.
We are also aware that the Esama’s voting unit was in GRA, but on the day of the local government elections, he chose to go to Okada with policemen.”