Edo State government yesterday admitted error in issuing a letter appointing the Benin Crown Prince, Eheneden Erediauwa, as the Oba of Benin, even while funeral rites were yet to commence for the late Oba.
In a retraction signed by the Secretary to State Government, Prof Julius Ihonvbere, dated May 25, 2016, who had earlier issued the erroneous letter, the government stated: “In deference to the revered age-long tradition and respect for the sensibilities of the people of the great Benin Kingdom, the government of Edo State hereby withdraws a letter issued on 24th May 2016 entitled ‘Appointment of His Royal Highness Edaiken N’Uselu, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, as the Oba of Benin.”
The SSG said, “The said letter was issued in error as the rites of passage of His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba of Benin, are still on.
“The government will in due course issue a fresh letter on the installation of the Edaiken N’Uselu, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, as the Oba of Benin, in line with the age-long succession tradition of the Benin Kingdom and in line with 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, after all necessary traditional rites are concluded.”
In Benin tradition, a new Oba can only be announced after the funeral rites have been concluded by the Crown Prince and after an announcement by the Oba’s palace.

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