The Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has congratulated the Omo N’ Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, the Oba of Benin on the celebration of the 2017 Igue Festival in Benin City, which kicked off on Tuesday.

L-R: His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, Oba of Benin and Chairman, Edo State Council of Traditional Rulers and Chiefs; Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, His Royal Highness, Aliru Momoh, Ikelebe II, Otaru of Auchi and Vice Chairman, Edo State Council of Traditional Rulers and Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq., during the inauguration of the Edo State Council of Traditional Rulers at the Government House, in Benin City on Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The governor prayed for stronger bond among all Edo people, their friends and neigbours as well as better days for the Benin kingdom and Nigeria.

“On behalf of the Government and people of Edo State, I congratulate the Omo N’ Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, the Oba of Benin, and all Benin people as well as our friends on the annual Igue Festival celebration,” Obaseki said.

He added “It is my prayer that the new year brings forth good tidings and a stronger bond between the exalted throne and the Government of Edo State to consolidate on our achievements across all sectors of the state.”

He commended everyone participating in the 2017 Igue Festival, both in Benin and other parts of the world for sustaining the rich cultural heritage bequeathed this generation by our forefathers.

The governor urged Edo people to use the celebration to forge closer ties with friends and neighbours.

“We wish His Royal Majesty a glorious celebration, excellent health and the divine wisdom to continue to lead us his people to greatness,” he said.

The annual Igue Festival is one of the biggest festivals on Nigeria’s calendar of high profile festivals and is held in high esteem by Edo people all over the world because of its significance.

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