|Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo|
Following weeks of speculations about the health of the Oba of Benin, Omo N’ Oba Erediauwa, the Benin Traditional Council has announced that he is ill and would not engage in any public engagement for the time being.
The announcement confirmed THISDAY’s exclusive report recently that the Oba was in dialogue with his ancestors.
A statement signed by Secretary of the council, Mr. Frank Irabor, in Benin City on Monday [Mar. 16] which was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said: “It is hereby announced for the information of the public that in the palace parlance, ‘Uhunmwun ve Ekpen vb’ Ato’, meaning, ‘The leopard is ill in the savannah bush.’
“The explanation is that Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Erediauwa, Oba of Benin, is indisposed.”
He added that public engagements, including courtesy visits, hearing of complaints from individuals, families and communities, and in particular, complaints over inheritance and land disputes, are therefore suspended until further notice.
The palace directed all Benin palace chiefs and functionaries to note that their routine traditional duties would continue as usual.