By Jimitota Onoyume
Oba of Benin, Omo N’oba Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II, has enjoined traditional rulers in the country to work for peace, security and development of their kingdoms.
Speaking, yesterday, when he paid a thank-you-visit to the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli, for attending his coronation on October 20, 2016, the monarch lauded the Olu of Warri for promoting peaceful values in his kingdom
“ As traditional rulers, we must continuously work for the peace , security and the development of our people and society. Your Majesty, I commend the ardent and painstaking role you have played in this regard “, he said.
The Oba, who expressed gratitude for the warm reception accorded him and his entourage, said he was in the kingdom to express his “deep and sincere appreciation to you and the entire Itsekiri nation for the uncommon , yet spectacular support accorded us during the period of my coronation as Oba of Benin Kingdom. “
Continuing, Ewuare II said the Benin and Itsekiri nations share a common ancestry, adding that the visit was to bring to the fore the close affinity between the two ethnic nationality. “We should strive to interact close in order to explore factors that unite us more than those that divide us,” he said.
“It is in the light of the above that I must use this occasion to further urge that we continue to develop the ethos that reinforces our cultural unity and harmony”, he said.
The monarch said he was overwhelmed by the gifts given to him, promising to reciprocate the kind gesture when the Olu visits his palace in Benin city.
On his part, the Olu recalled the ancestral ties between the two kingdoms, saying it spanned over five hundred years, stressing that interactions between them would not be affected by boundaries created by state.
“Interactions between us , especially as they affect the fortunes of our people have not and cannot be impeded by these boundaries. By the grace of God , we shall remain united , especially for the benefit of our people “, he assured.
The Olu also recalled that the late Omo N’Oba Erediawa , Oba of Benin’s father, visited His Majesty Erejuwa Ii in 1981.” It was a day of great joy and celebration which is exactly what God has allowed us to replicate here today “, he said.
The rich cultures of Itsekiri and Benin were on display. Several Itsekiri dance troops thrilled the gathering.
A former governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, and Chief Solomon Arayenka, in their separate speeches on the sidelines of the visit, described as historic, saying it promoted brotherliness between the two kingdoms.