Former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr Bamanga Tukur has expressed shock over the death of the Benin monarch, Omo n’Oba Erediauwa.
In a condolence message Dr Tukur said through his media aide, Prince Oliver Okpala, that the late Omo n’Oba, “left a vacuum and gap in the royal kingdom in terms of promotion and preservation of our tradition and culture is so wide and irreplaceable.
According to him, “As an acclaimed beurocrat who reached the pinnacle of service to the Nation and retired as a federal permanent secretary and as a quintessential leader, you epitomized during your life time the tenets, of good leadership, undaunted integrity, outstanding credibility, honesty, social decorum, loyalty, faith and unquestionable traditional image as the Oba of Benin.
“You left on the sand of the soil indelible and monumental legacies of outstanding proposition and dimension in preaching for peace and unity of our dear nation.
“The Ono n’Oba, Nigerians and the international community will continue to remember you as an Oba of distinction and the voice of the voiceless.
Going down memory lane, Tukur said “I remember vividly, that during the military era when most of our traditional rulers surprisingly danced to the tune of some military dictators against the norms and dictates of the sacredness of our traditional institutions you stood your ground on national issues of importance that has to do with the welfare and future of Nigerians.
“You thoroughly upheld and promoted our culture and tradition while giving honour and dignity to our traditional institutions through effective discuss and advice to leaders of our nation.
“While we mourn your exit from this planet, we shall give thanks to God for the exemplary live you lived and the untrammeled legacies you left behind for posterity.
“I commiserate with the government and good people of Edo State and your immediate family over this sudden demise while we take further solace on your commitment to the doctrines of Christianity and unquantifiable legacies.
“Adieu Omo Oba a great Iroko of national unification and prosperity.”

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