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Immediate past  President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has described the Oba of Benin- City  in Edo state  Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo  Erediauwa as a monumental loss to the nation.

Senator Mark noted that the respected  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.

In his condolence  message to the government and people of Edo state on the transition  to the great beyond of the Benin monarch,  Senator Mark  stated that  Oba Erediauwa’s reign was a unique era in the contemporary history of Nigeria “because his reign was characterized by peace, unity and progress  in the kingdom and beyond”.

According to Mark ” No body can deny the fact that Oba Erediauwa was a true African leader who placed  high priority on the protection and welfare of his people  at all times. He made the ancient city of Benin the centre of attraction and  indeed accommodated both indigenes and foreigners alike.

” The harmonious and peaceful coexistence between and among different tribes and religions in Edo state during Oba Erediauwa’s reign is  to his credit and a model present and future leaders must of a necessity emulate.

” He was a great King  who upheld the sanctity of the truth no matter the circumstances  and ensured that there was fairness and equity to all. His strongest weapon was the  truth and he deployed it effectively in the administration of the Benin kingdom .”

The Benin Monarch, the former Senate President, remarked will be remembered as one leader who believed  and indeed worked for the indivisibility and peace of Nigeria  especially during trying times.

Senator Mark noted that Oba Erediauwa left a huge vacuum and prayed  for God’s wisdom for the Crown Prince and the Benin Traditional council to fill the vacuum effectively.

He therefore urged the Benin  Kingdom  to uphold the great  virtues of good neighborliness, honesty, hard work, resourcefulness and  extra ordinary brilliance which the monarch was known for.

Senator Mark told the government of Edo state to immortalize the Monarch for his immeasurable contributions  to the development of the nation just as he enjoined the Benin traditional council to take solace in the fact that Oba Erediauwa lived a dignified, exemplary and truly accomplished life worthy of emulation.

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