New name suggests large ambitions
By John Eche
Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has congratulated HRM Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, the 39th Oba of Benin Kingdom, as he ascends the ancient throne of his forefathers.
The Governor’s message of felicitation was contained in a statement issued in Asaba on Thursday by his Chief Press Secretary. Mr Charles Aniagwu.
The statement said that Gov. Okowa, on behalf of the Government and the people of Delta State rejoiced with Oba Ewuare II, the entire Benin Kingdom on his coronation as the 39th Oba of Benin by the Benin kingmakers.
He urged the Oba to commit himself to carrying his subjects along to a new era of peace, stability and progress in Benin Kingdom, Edo State and Nigeria as a whole.
“As you ascend the revered throne of your great ancestors, you should be prepared to put your new position as Oba and principal custodian of the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Binis to good use in the service of your people and country,’’ he said.
Okowa called on Oba Ewuare to dedicate himself to building on and surpassing the worthy legacies of his much-acclaimed predecessor, Oba Erediauwa
He urged him to work with the government and other traditional rulers across the state and country to foster peace, harmony and socio-economic development across the country.
He prayed that as he ascended to the grand throne of the Oba of Benin Kingdom, “God Almighty will grant him the immense wisdom and courage he will require to oversee further progress and greater prosperity for his people.’’
The Governor wished the new Oba “long and highly’’ successful reign in the service of his people and country.
Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa