The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, on Friday said the late Oba of Benin ruled his kingdom with wisdom.

Odigie-Oyegun said this in a statement released to newsmen in Abuja‎ by the party’s Assistant Director (Publicity), Mr Edegbe Odemwingie.

A palace chief broke a chalk in two this evening to signify the king’s passing away.

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”Oba Erediauwa’s reign brought distinction, class, wisdom and integrity to the several centuries of unalloyed tradition and custom of the ancient Benin Kingdom; the traditional institution in Edo state and the country at large.

”As a ‎unifier, ‎Oba Erediauwa ‎used his revered position to promote national unity”, the statement said.

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‎The statement recalled decades of meritorious and unblemished record of service the late king rendered to the nation as a seasoned and thorough-bred bureaucrat‎, rising to the peak as a Federal Permanent Secretary.

”Indeed‎, Nigeria will always remember the Benin monarch who protected the traditions and values of his people and who was also a champion of national unity.

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‎‎”Oba Erediauwa’s transition marks the end of a very illustrious era. May the Almighty God and the ancestors grant the Oba of Benin eternal rest.”‎ (NAN)

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