By Ed Malik, A | September 21, 2022
A Nigerian monarch of Edo State extraction, the Olokpe of Okpe Kingdom in Akoko-Edo Council of Edo State, Oba Okhishimede Eshimokhai Idogu III (OON), has sent a condolence message to the new British monarch, King Charles III, on the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
In a letter personally signed by the Olope, he noted with interest that the reign of Queen Elizabeth II was peaceful and brought much progress to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, saying that her positive impact is felt globally.
Importantly, he recalled with nostalgia the cordial relationship that has existed between Buckingham Palace and the Okpe Royal Family.
He wrote, “recall that my late father, His Royal Highness, Oba Patrick Eshimokhai Idogu II (MBE), the Olokpe of Okpe, following an official invitation by the Earl Marshal, was personally at Westminster Abbey to witness the coronation of Her Majesty on the 2nd of June, 1953.”
The Edo State traditional ruler added that his late father was conferred the royal honour of Member of the British Empire (MBE), by Her Majesty, together with the late Yoruba first class ruler, His Royal Highness Oba Adesoji Aderemi, the Ooni of Ife, of which the both of them were specially selected to represent the old Western Region of Nigeria at the coronation in 1953.
The Monarch is open to more areas of cooperation Buckingham Palace and the Okpe Kingdom, in order to sustain the existing relationship between them, praying God to imbue the new British monarch with wisdom, strength and good health to carry out his responsibilities, for the good of his people and humanity.