Friday, April 29, 2016


The death was announced by the
governor of Edo State, Adams
Oshiomhole in a statement.
“Our hearts are heavy, laden with
pains and grief, at the announcement
of the passing on to glory of Omo
n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba
Erediauwa of Benin, our highly
revered Oba,” Oshiomhole said.
The Governor described the late Oba
as” a distinguished Edo numero uno ,
an accomplished Nigerian, a seasoned
bureaucrat, quintessential unifier,
unique personage and exemplary Omo
N’Oba, whose reign brought
distinction, immense class, finesse and
integrity to traditional institution in
Edo state and the country at large.”
“To us at the Edo state Government, he
was our strongest supporter; both in
his uncommon faith in our ability and
his readiness to offer uncommon
advice to sharpen public discourse in
our shared commitment to transform
Edo state. It gladdens our heart,
therefore, that our revered Oba was
alive to witness the positive
transformation of Edo state under his
reign, and for standing with us
through thick and thin in the course of
making the Edo economy a treasure to
behold. Being part of that eloquent
history of transformation before his
reunion with his ancestors gives us
further reassurance that he will
occupy a special pride of place in the
“We are enveloped with a deep sense
of nostalgia that our great Oba, a
great-grandfather, grandfather, father,
uncle and iconoclastic royal father of
exemplary carriage and conduct, who
sustained the dignity of the average
Edo mind, has joined his ancestors.
We are, however, encouraged by the
fact that another great son of the Great
Benin Kingdom, His Royal Highness,
Edaiken N’Uselu, Crown Prince
Eheneden Erediauwa, who is already
showing manifest quintessential
attributes of his great father, will step
into his father’s big shoes.
“Edo people will miss our iconoclastic
royal father of the great Benin
Kingdom. Nigerians and Nigeria will
miss this great exemplar of a Royal
Father, an Oba of distinction and
integrity. Adieu until we meet to part
no more.”

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