Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has described the passing on of the Oba of Benin, HRM Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolopolo, Oba Erediauwa, as the exit of a great cultural and traditional icon.
In a condolence message in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday to the Bini Royal Family, the people and government of Edo State, through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, the governor said Oba Erediauwa was a worthy example of how to preserve the culture and tradition of a people in the face of challenges posed by modern day living.
“Oba Erediauwa was a giant Iroko tree who stood tall and never allowed mundane things and even political harassment to sway him. His nearly four decades on the throne of the great Bini Kingdom witnessed unprecedented growth and development.
“As a technocrat before he ascended the throne of his forefathers, he distinguished himself and rose to the pinnacle of his career. While on the throne, he used his vast experience to handle delicate social and political issues and never forgot to protect the interest of his people.
“People from outside Bini Kingdom who came across him would testify to his firm and amiable nature and his resolve to stand for the truth all the time.
“On behalf of the good people of Ekiti State, I sympathise with the royal family, the people of Edo State and my brother, Governor Adams Oshiomhole on the passing on of Oba Erediauwa who has gone to join his ancestors,” he said.