By Patrick Omorodion
Bini youths, under the umbrella of Benin Fundamental Movement, have warned Ijaw Freedom Fighters to desist from their sacrilegious threat to the traditional institution of Benin Kingdom, Edo State, saying that it was a joke of the 21st Century.
A statement by Mr Edosa Idada, Convener, Benin Fundamental Movement, said it was instructive to note that the Bini are proudly the most hospitable and receptive socio-ethnic group in Sub-Sahara Africa and so have continued to accommodate the Ijaw particularly as customary tenants.
He, however, noted that the hurried and illegal creation of a so-called Olodiama Kingdom with a coronation of a Pere, the 21-day ultimatum slammed on the Oba of Benin and the Edo State Government, the threat to lay siege to the Palace of the Omo n’Oba and the Edo State Government House, were steps taken too far, condemnable and must be visited with commensurate punishment and stiff resistance.
Reminding the Ijaw of their criminal activities of kidnapping of prominent Bini persons, Idada said it was unfortunate that persons who were given opportunity to occupy an area for work and business now claim ownership of same, adding that the Ijaw in Benin are customary tenants and must remain as such or relocate to their land.
He said: “We wish to send a very strong warning to the Ijaw to desist from this war and calamitous situation they are about to bring upon themselves. They do not have the monopoly of violence.
“Our attention has been drawn to a Vanguard newspaper publication of December 8, 2017, purportedly signed by so-called “Commanders” Keme Boudiwei and Seimokoromor Anthony, at an emergency meeting held in Rivers State, demanding an unreserved apology from the Edo State Government and the highly revered Oba of Benin, over their non-recognition of a so-called Olodiama Kingdom with a pseudo King Pere of Olodiama.
“The Oba of Benin and the Edo State Government are principal custodians of Benin City and Edo State, the land and people, any other kingdom within Benin with a declared king is non-existent, illegal, fallacious and persona non grata.”
“The Ijaw may have to be reminded of UWAIS J.S.C. writ of summons taken out on June 9, 1970, from former Mid-Western State High Court, Benin, that affirmed the earlier decision of an Appeal Court judgment vesting ownership of Gelegele in Benin Kingdom to the Bini.”
Secondly, by fiat, by heavenly and earthly authority, global and legal recognition, there is only one Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare N’Ogidigan II.”