Exactly 25 days after the Iyase (Prime Minister) of Benin Kingdom, Chief Sam Igbe announced the transition of the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa, the palace has announced a 15 days of funeral rites to begin today, May 25, which is Ekioba market day, with palace rites, and ends on Wednesday, June 8, an Agbado market day.
This is coming just as Governor Adams Oshiomhole has okayed the coronation of Crown Prince of the kingdom and Edaiken of Uselu, Eheneden Erediauwa, as Oba of Benin effective April 29, 2016.
A statement signed by the secretary, Benin Traditional Council, Frank Irabor, said other palace rites would be held on the May 26, 27, 28, and then on Sunday, 29, and there would be entertainment of guests.
According to the statement, palace rites would continue on Monday, 30th, to Saturday, June 4, when there would be presentation of gifts.
By Sunday, June 5, palace rites would begin and culminate on Tuesday, June 7, with Ikowia.
The statement said the performance of Emwinekhua (royal funeral rites) is the sole responsibility of the Crown Prince.
By the announcement of the funeral rites, “All burial ceremonies are prohibited. We advise everyone to go about his or her normal business and to stay away from places where traditional rites that are not open to the public are performed during Emwinekhua,” the statement said.
It also advised non-indigenes to show respect for the tradition and custom of the people during the period, saying the palace would work with security agencies to ensure safety of lives during the period.
Meanwhile, Edo State government has approved the appointment of His Royal Highness, Edaiken N’Uselu, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, as the Oba of Benin, with effect from April 29, 2016.
In a letter dated May 24, 2016, signed by the Secretary to State Government, Prof Julius Omozuanvbo Ihonvbere, titled ‘Appointment of His Royal Highness, Edaiken N’Uselu, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, as the Oba of Benin,’ the government said, “It is hereby notified for general information that in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 19 (1) of the Traditional Rulers and Chiefs Law, 1979 (as amended), and by virtue of all other laws enabling it in that behalf, the Executive Council of the Edo State government of Nigeria has approved the appointment of His Royal Highness, Edaiken N’Uselu, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, as the Oba of Benin, with effect from 29th day of April, 2016.”


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