His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II, Oba of Benin flanked by Edo State Deputy Gov., Philip Shaibu (L) with Ogieneni ofU, His Royal Highness, Kadiri Imonikhe, Omogbai IV, while Chief Oseni Elamah looks on (L).

By Ed Malik, A | November 28, 2022

The Jattu community and other clans that make up the Uzairue people in Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State were agog and in convivial mood when the revered Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare 11, visited to officially commission the new royal palace of Ogieneni of Uzairue Sacred Kingdom.

At the commissioning ceremony, the Benin monarch poured encomiums on Rt. Hon. Phillip Shuaibu, the Edo State Deputy Governor, whom he fondly calls “my son”, saying he adopted him thus, in a divine and spiritual sense but however, the Oba remarked that, at some point, the Devil almost took him away from him, but God Almighty restored their father and son relationship.

“He has always been my son even before he became the Deputy Governor. I never knew he’s from Uzairue. Calling him a son is divine and spiritual, many of you may not know this.”

“I have listened to all the speeches and remarks of everyone and particularly, the speech of the Deputy Governor, my son. I heard all the efforts he has made in building this palace. I am so happy because, charity begins at home.”

“To Uzairue people, you can’t count two before one. Number one is your ancestors. I have instructed that my chiefs will make the first contribution to the development of Uzairue, while others follow.

“I appreciate God for making it possible for this day to come through. My father was here 40 years ago and today I am here. I want to reassure everyone of our support. I’m sure most of us know the history and link between Benin and Uzairue. I can see how the Ogieneni is dressed in Benin regalia which I would suggest he continues with”.

The monarch implored traditional rulers to respect constituted authorities and shun political interference but emphasized that the custom and tradition of the land be upheld at all times.

Earlier, the Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu went down memory lane and noted that “from history, I was told that the old palace was built 118 years ago and Uzairue comprises 22 communities that make up the kingdom. Among this 22 communities, Imeke is the eldest. That was why we had to commission a prototype of the palace, yesterday eve of commissioning the Ogieneni palace”.

“We recognized that the traditional institution is very key to the security architecture of Edo State and that is why we decided to go back to securing the state, via the traditional institutions”.

“We are very happy to have the Oba of Benin here today. We must recognize the fact that, what determines our riches depend on the lives we have impacted. Let’s redistribute wealth and make poverty history by giving back to our society,” said Shaibu.

The highlight of the event was the formal unveiling of the ultra-modern royal palace by His Royal Majesty, the Oba of Benin.

In his response, the Ogieneni of Uzairue, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Kadiri Imonikhe Omogbai IV, thanked the Benin Monarch and all the traditional rulers, including dignitaries from all walks of life who came to celebrate with his people at the special occasion.

The Uzairue Kingdom is comprised of 22 clans that includes Afashio, Afowa, Ayaoghena, Apana, Ayogwiri, Ayua, Elele, Imeke, Idatto, Ikabigbo, Iyuiku, Ikpe-Jattu, Iyora, Iyamho, Ikhoho, Irekpai, Imonikhe, Ogbido, Ozor, Ugbenor, Uluoke and Yelwa.

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