Adolor Of Uromi, Onolememen Condemns Disparaging Remarks On Oba of Benin
The Adolor of Uromi, Chief Mike Onolememen CON, has condemned in strong terms the disparaging remarks against the Oba of Benin; Omo N’ Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare N’Ogidgan II by a fellow called Joker boy.
The fellow who is a musician was said to have used unkind words to describe the first class monarch.
Reacting on Tuesday, Chief Onolememen admonished him to issue a public apology to the revered traditional ruler and retrace his steps to avoid such embarrassing circumstances in the future.
The statement read, “My attention has been drawn to a video posted online by one Esan native called Joker who resides in Uromi but not a native.
In the said video, I was told he made some discourteous, disrespectful, malicious, impolite, uncivil remarks against the highly revered Oba of Benin, The Oba of Benin; Omo N’ Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare N’Ogidgan 11.
I cannot categorically claim here that I know the state of mind of the said musician, however, whatever is his state of mind, I join all well-meaning Esan sons and daughters in condemning his unguarded utterances.
“As a descendent of Oghu, the leader of the royal migrants who left Benin for the Esan plateau in 1460 AD and settled in Ivue-Uromi, I condemn with strong words the careless and ill-advised utterance of the musician and advise him to immediately retrace his steps to avoid such embarrassing circumstances in the future. And I wish he makes an unreserved public apology.
These provocative statements are his responsibility, he is not in any capacity to speak for the Esan people. Chief Onolememen also harped on the existing cordial relationship between the Binis and Esan people.
“The cordial family ties between the Binis and Esan people is highly cherished by the vast majority of our people – this fact is not in doubt because every average Esan person knows where we are come from.
The Esan people are peace-loving people and have respect for constituted authorities. He said, “rather than play to the gallery, which is at this moment unnecessary, and counterproductive, every right-thinking Edo State indigene should pursue a common aspiration for the repatriation of the Bini artefacts that were stolen from the Benin Empire, and that all of them be returned to Edo land for proper management.
I have no doubt in my mind that the Crown and the government of Edo State would come together to agree on how best to showcase the glory of the Benin Empire’s heritage and turn it into a momentous value chain for the benefit of our people.”