Eminent Benin indigenes, including two-time former governor of old Bendel State, Dr Samuel Ogbemudia; National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun; and a former Senate Chief Whip, Senator Rowland Owie, were among those who expressed shock over the demise of the Oba Erediauwa of Benin Kingdom.
Ogbemudia said: “I express my deepest condolence to the Royal family and the great people of Benin Kingdom. He was a great King who ensured peace in his Kingdom and more importantly, Benin Kingdom experienced tremendous progress during his reign and he shall be missed greatly.
We take solace in the fact that he lived honest and exemplary life and his reign as a king will never be forgotten.”
Oyegun’s tribute read: “It is with deepest sorrow that we received this news. My condolence goes to the immediate Royal family and the entire people of Edo South and the entire Edo state. It is with deepest sense of grief honestly.
He has been a very wonderful leader, a father, he has been a unique example and we will greatly miss him. He represents the end of an era which also marks the beginning of another. My deepest condolence goes to the Crown Prince of Benin Kingdom, Ehenede Erediauwa. Long live the Oba!
Owie said: “Oba Erediauwa was a great monarch and a father. He was my confidant and helper at my hour of crucial decisions. His era was glorious. May Almighty God in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and through the intercession of our Blessed Virgin Mary, grant his soul eternal rest. Amen.
Senator Ehigie Uzamere stated: “The news came to me now and it was shocking. As you aware he has decided to join our ancestors. He was a good man, he is revered by every Benin home and abroad. The great Kingdom of Benin will go into mourning and wait for the directive of the palace. He was a great man. He treated every one of us the same and he was accommodating. Very brilliant man who understands the politics of Nigeria as a whole. His network cuts across all ethnic groups in the country. He was indeed a man of peace, a man of many parts, May his soul rest in perfect peace. Amen.
Also reacting, Benin born billionaire, Captain Hosa Okunbor, said, “Today is a mourning day, one of the saddest days in our land, where our father had gone to join our ancestors. He was a great man a man of peace. A man that held the great traditional values for the kingdom. He was a father to all who made everybody look special. Everybody was special in his or her own way before him. Oba Atokpe Ise!”
In his condolence message, the Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said he received, with sadness and an immense feeling of great national loss, the news of the transition of the Oba of Benin.
Okowa, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, described the late monarch as an epitome of royalty, extending condolences to the Edo State Government, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, other members of the late Oba’s immediate family and the entire Benin Kingdom.
Also, the governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, expressed his deepest condolence to his Edo State counterpart, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, and the people of Edo on the passage of the Oba of Benin. In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, James Eze, Obiano described Oba Erediauwa’s passage as a huge loss to Nigeria. The governor who described the late monarch as “the last of the titans”, observed that while he lived, he stood out as a bridge builder whose influence spread across the country and beyond.
A former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, described the late Oba of Benin as a true African leader. According to Mark, the exit of the monarch is a monumental loss to the nation. In a statement by his Media Assistant, Paul Mumeh, the senator noted that the deceased Benin monarch was a leader who distinguished himself in many respects especially in the preservation of African culture and tradition to the admiration of historians and political scientists globally.