Obasanjo condoles with Edo Gov, people on Omo n’Oba demise

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By; Niyi Ogungbola, Abeokuta.
The former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has described the death of the Oba of Benin, Omo n’Oba Erediauwa II, as a great loss not only to the Royal family, but also to the great people of Benin Kingdom, Edo State and the nation at large.
In separate letters to the state governor, Adams Oshiohmole, Crown Prince, Royal Majesty Eheneden Erediauwa and Edaiken n’Uselu respectively, Obasanjo remarked that the death of the monarch was received with deep sense of sorrow.
Obasanjo said in the letter to the governor, “I have received with a deep sense of sorrow the sad news of His Royal Majesty, Omo n’Oba Erediauwa II, the Oba of Benin, joining his ancestors.
“I recall, with profound delight, the late Oba’s illustrious career as a seasoned technocrat and erudite administrator before his elevation to the exalted stool of Oba of Benin in 1979. Benin, which is his traditional domain, occupies a pedestal of looming importance in our ancient and contemporary history. It has, since pre-colonial times, remained a robust repertoire of the finest aspects of our cultural and artistic heritage.
“It is instructive that his reign over Benin Kingdom witnessed very significant and notable social and political developments, growth, progress, peace and stability in the State. My administration, as a democratically-elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria between 1999 and 2007, benefitted tremendously from his wise counsel and goodwill.
“Indeed, this great loss has been suffered not only by the Royal family, but also by the great people of Benin Kingdom and Edo State and the nation at large. I hasten, therefore, on behalf of my family and on my own behalf, to add our heartfelt sympathy to similar messages pouring into your office and the Palace from across the length and breadth of the country at this time.
“The late Oba will, no doubt, be greatly missed by family, as well as by his numerous friends and admirers.
“While urging that you take solace in the worthy life that the late monarch lived, may I take this opportunity to extend my sincere condolence to the royal family and the entire State, and pray that the Almighty God grant you all the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.”
In the letter to the Crown Prince, Obasanjo urged him “to take solace in the worthy life that the late monarch lived.
“May I take this opportunity to extend my sincere condolence to the Royal family and the entire State, and pray that the Almighty God grant you all the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.
“And for you, the Crown Prince, in particular, I pray God give you the wisdom and courage you would require to build on the laudable and monumental legacies of your late father” Obasanjo stressed.

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