By: Patrick Ochoga, Benin City
Benin City the Edo State Capital stood still as top dignitaries from all works of lives thronged to the gigantic palace of the revered Benin Monarch, Oba Ewuare II, who declared yesterday that he would build on the cordial relationship that existed between the Benin kingdom and that of the North for the greatness of the country.
The Monarch made the assertion at special Durban presentation organised by Sarki Nupe to mark his one year anniversary as the Oba of Benin Kingdom.
The Royal father said he was so glad when Alhaji Idris Sani, the Sarkin Nupe of Benin said that the whole North was with him at all times adding that the Benin Kingdom will build on that relationships.
He said his Kingdom would also build on the relationships between both states to actualise the policy of the federal government.
“We must continue our rapport, continue on our relationship. We will build on this relationship to make Nigeria a greater country. We will build on this relationship to bring peace and harmony to the country.
“We will build on this relationship to support the federal government in its policy to interact and relate with all other Africa countries in the continent”, he said.
Earlier, the Sarki Nupe, while delivering his speech, said that the Durban was to help unite the North with the South.
“This is to help elevate his majesty position to the eyes of the world and to ensure that there is unity in diversity especially when it comes to Nigeria as proposed by the federal government that there should be unity of purpose and that is why the significance of the Durban to the Oba is to help unite the North and the south and to tell the world that there is unity in Nigeria”, he said.
Extolling the Monarch, the Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shuaibu said the abolishment of Community development associations in the state within his one year reign has brought about a lot of development and peace in the state.
He noted since the reign of the Monarch, he has been at the forefront of championing the course of turning the Gelegele Seaport into free export processing zone.