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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said he received with sadness and an immense feeling of great national loss the news of the death of the Oba of Benin Kingdom, Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President on behalf of the Federal Government, extended condolences to Governor Adams Oshiomhole, the people of Benin Kingdom and Edo State on the passage of the monarch who had ruled over his people since his ascension to the throne in 1979.
The President also commiserated with Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa and other members of the late Oba’s immediate family.
Buhari assured them of the sympathy and solidarity of the Federal Government and all Nigerians as they mourn Erediauwa, who he said would always be remembered as one of the most outstanding traditional rulers of his era.
The statement read in part, “As the late Oba goes to join his very illustrious royal ancestors, President Buhari believes 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 prays that God Almighty will receive the late Oba’s soul and grant him peaceful repose.
“He also prays that God will grant Crown Prince Erediauwa the wisdom and courage he will require to build on the laudable legacies of Oba Erediauwa.”
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