The Edo state government has reversed a letter issued earlier this week approving the appointment of His Royal Highness Edaiken N’Uselu, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, as the Oba of Benin with effect from April 29, 2016.
Reacting to the preliminary issue of the document Julius Ihonvbere, the secretary to state government, wrote in a retraction:
“In deference to the revered age-long tradition and respect for the sensibilities of the people of the great Benin Kingdom, the Government of Edo State hereby withdraws a letter issued on 24th May 2016 entitled: “Appointment of His Royal Highness Edaiken N’Uselu, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa as the Oba of Benin”. The said letter was issued in error as the rites of passage of His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba of Benin are still on.
The government will, in due course, issue a fresh letter on the installation of the Edaiken N’Uselu, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, as the Oba of Benin, in line with the age-long succession tradition of the Benin Kingdom and in line with Section 19 (1) of the Traditional Rulers and Chiefs Law, 1979 (as amended) and by virtue of all other laws enabling it in that behalf, after all necessary traditional rites are concluded.”
Oba Erediauwa, the late Oba of Benin died on Friday, April 29, at the age of 92 after a battle with an unknown illness since last year.
His death was formally announced by the prime minister and Iyase of Benin Kingdom, Chief Sam Igbe, in the presence of other traditional chiefs and Enigie (Dukes), with the traditional braking of native chalk at the entrance of the palace.
Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa was formally installed as the Edaiken of Uselu, the heir apparent to the throne on March 7, 2015.