Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has denied dissolution of Oba of Benin powers.
Speaking on behalf of the government, Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu reiterated its commitment towards protecting the Benin heritage and culture at all times.
He gave the assurance while addressing members of the Benin National Congress on a peaceful protest to Government House, Benin over the alleged imposition of one Arisco Osemwengie as the “Ogiamien” of Benin kingdom.
Shaibu assured the protesters that Edo government will not watch anybody ridicule the good image of the Oba of Benin;
“Anyone who tries to reduce the image of the Benin ancestry is only wasting his time. I thank you all for this peaceful protest; protest is made to press up demands if only it is peaceful.”
“Let me assure you that Edo government will not fold its hands and watch anybody ridicule the good image of the Oba of Benin with his highly reputation.”
“Anybody who tries to reduce the image of the Benin ancestry is only wasting his time, nobody can reduce the reputation the palace of Benin has made. As government, we will continue to do everything humanly possible to protect Edo cultural heritage.”
“Let me assure you that Gov. Godwin Obaseki and the good people of Edo will do everything within their powers in protecting Benin kingdom.”