By Lawrence Olaoye
President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled the Edo state government and the people of Benin Kingdom over the death of the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa.
In a statement by his Special Advised on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari described the death of the revered monarch a great national loss who ascended the throne in 1979.
The President extended special commiserations to Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa and other members of the late Oba’s immediate family.
Buhari assured them of the fullest sympathy and solidarity of the Federal Government and all Nigerians as they mourn Oba Erediauwa who will always be remembered as one of the most outstanding traditional rulers of his era.
As the late Oba goes to join his very illustrious royal ancestors, the President believed that his place of honour in the history of the Benin Kingdom and Nigeria has been assured by his long and highly successful career as a public servant, administrator and chief custodian of the much celebrated culture and traditions of his people.
The President prayed that God Almighty will receive the late Oba’s soul and grant him peaceful repose.
He also prayed that God will grant Crown Prince Erediauwa the wisdom and courage he will require to build on the laudable legacies of Oba Erediauwa.