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BNC faults exclusion of Ovonramwen from centenary awards

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BY SIMON EBEGBULEM

THE Benin National Congress, BNC, weekend, described as unacceptable the failure of President Goodluck Jonathan to include Oba Ovonramwen Nogbaisi in the list of awardees in the recent centenary celebration.

BNC, in a statement by its national President, Aiyamenkhue Edokpolo, after a meeting of the group in Benin, recalled that Oba Ovonramwen of Benin Kingdom resisted the British and wondered why his name was excluded from the list of awardees referred to as Heroes of Nigeria.

The group urged the committee that came up with the list of the awardees to apologise to the Bini, just as it urged President Jonathan to address the anomaly.

According to the statement, “we find it utterly regrettable that Oba Ovonramwen, who resisted western imperialism that led to the ultimate price, where genocide was unleashed on the kingdom, looting of our shrines and kidnapping of women and children, among other afflictions, could be misplaced in a list meant to honor the living and dead patriots of Nigeria.

“It is an unprovoked attack on the psyche of our people. It is unthinkable that the legendary Oba Ovonramwen did not attract the spotlight of the centenary committee in spite of our open letter.”

 

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