By Osaigbovo Iguobaro
The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has pledged continued for the good policies of President Muhammadu Buhari towards the sustenance of peace and development of the African continent.
Oba Ewuare II, charged the traditional rulers in Nigeria, particularly, the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Emir of Kano, HRH, Sanusi Mohammed to continue to pursue peace and unity of the country.
The Oba’s declaration was in response to the message of goodwill delivered by Alhaji Idris Sani, the Sairaikin the Etsu Nupe, Benin on behalf of some traditional rulers in northern Nigeria at a special Durbar performance at the first year coronation activities of the Oba at Samuel Ogbemudia stadium in Benin.
It is the second time the Durbar performance made up of horsemen from Sokoto, Kano and Niger states, had performed since the Oba attained the throne of his forefathers.
The Benin monarch stated that the Durbar ceremony has in no small measure showcase that there is diversity in unity in Nigeria.
According to him, “we will continue our rapport with the Sultan, Sanusi and other leaders. We will build upon this relationship to Make the African continent. My throne is behind the north and Buhari government”.
He said he will soon begin a tour to some world leaders and traditional leaders in Nigeria, but, he however did not give further details of his programme.
Oba Ewuare II, stated that riding on horseback in the ancient City of Benin started when “the Portuguese brought horses to expand the Benin Empire several Centuries ago, clarifying that riding on horseback predates the Benin and Idah war which was won by the former.
Delivering his goodwill messages of the northern Traditional rulers,
Sairaikin, Etsu Nupe, Benin, Alhaji Idris Sani, recalled the outstanding leadership style of the Oba of Benin which he said has brought peace and prosperity to his subjects as well as Edo state.
“Your royal Majesty they said I should tell you that the north is behind you as you celebrate your first year anniversary.
Earlier in his remark, Edo state Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, congratulated the royal father towards peace and good governance in the country.
The Royal musicians of the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, led other musical troop from the northern Nigeria, added glitz and glamour to the event which featured notable personalities from the world of business, politics, renowned entertainers, members of the Benin Royal family, and the Crown Prince of Benin, HRH, Ezelekhae Ewuare II.