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Friday, October 21, 2016

I was close to my father

– The Benin crown prince said the transition of the late Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Oba Erediauwa, was emotional for him
– He said he was probably the first crown prince in the history of Benin Kingdom that has been so close to his father
– He knew my ways and I knew his ways, the crown prince said
The Benin crown prince and Edaiken n’Uselu, HRH Eheneden Erediauwa, on Monday, May 2, disclosed that he is probably the “ first crown prince in the history of Benin Kingdom that has been so close to his father .”
He made this disclosure during a condolence visit by the Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomhole, at his Uselu palace.
The crown prince described the transition of the late Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Oba Erediauwa, as emotional for him, adding that he was very close to his father.

According to Benin tradition, a crown prince was not to see the reigning Oba face to face. That however changed during the reign of the late Oba Erediauwa who allowed the crown prince access to the palace to see him.
“ It’s really an emotional moment for me and everybody virtually knows how close I was to my father. The elders here know how close I was to my father, and I am probably known as the first crown prince in the history of Benin Kingdom that has been so close to his father.
“It’s been said far and wide that the Oba’s eldest son doesn’t see his father, they don’t meet each other, that they are far apart. So, he knew my ways and I knew his ways. So, I can beat my chest and say I understand certain inner workings of the mind of my dear father ,” he said.
Earlier in his speech, Governor Oshiomhole described the news of the death of Oba Erediauwa as shattering.
He said: “ We are all shattered by this very sad news. In my formal tribute, I have already made a statement that represents my evaluation of the life and times of our Royal Majesty. But in all of that, we know that kings will come, kings will transit, but our joy even in the midst of this grief is that we are fortunate, indeed very fortunate that in spite of the vacuum left by the departure of His Royal Majesty, we have in your Royal Highness a true royal Crown Prince that has already gone through all the rigours of life, and sufficiently travelled and held sensitive diplomatic positions in most strategic countries.

“For people like me who have had the very rare privilege of interacting very closely with your Royal Highness over the years, I believe that His Royal Majesty has prepared a Crown Prince that, as tradition prescribes, has what it takes to fill the big royal shoes that His Majesty left behind. That for us gives us the confidence that the robust tradition, the national respect and international recognition and the way in which His Royal Majesty carried the office, that it will be sustained and built upon by your Royal Highness.
“So, your Royal Highness, I commiserate with you, I commiserate with the royal family, and indeed the great people of Benin Kingdom and the great people of Edo State. Like I said in 2006, during my first visit, my very limited knowledge of our State is that Edo is not an artificial word. So, Edo is not an artificial creation. We are not named after a river or after an event. It’s an ethnic category, and His Royal Majesty is the father, the paramount ruler of every Edo sons and daughters, and so it shall be forever and ever. May our ancestors stand by you at this hour and guide us through all the processes.”

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