Any right thinking Edo man can do what we have resolved to do now, namely – a stern warning to the Governor of Edo State and his Afemai compatriots to desist forthwith from playing a hide and seek game with the Benin people; they rather declare an all-out war with us than this stereotypical warfare secretly waged by the Otaru of Auchi.
Adams Oshiomhole’s penchant for humiliating accomplished Benin citizens.
Afemai people beware of future political aspiration in Edo state.
League of Benin Professionals.
16th January 2015
Any right thinking Edo man can do what we have resolved to do now, namely – a stern warning to the Governor of Edo State and his Afemai compatriots to desist forthwith from playing a hide and seek game with the Benin people; they rather declare an all-out war with us than this stereotypical warfare secretly waged by the Otaru of Auchi; and by surreptitiously instigating his new found-son Adams Oshiomhole as a proxy, to molest accomplished Benin industrialists, politicians and academicians, is a crescendo of ingratitude for Edo South people.
Upon assumption of office by the grace of the Tribunals, Adams Oshiomhole threw courtesy and customary regards to the whirlwind; in a mocking-state broadcast, he ordered the pioneer political leader of Bendel State, and the first Executive Governor of Edo State – Dr. S.O. Ogbemudia and Chief John Odigie Oyegun respectively to surrender Toyota SUVs that were handed to these accomplished Benin politicians by preceding administrations as part of their retirement privileges, to Government House within forty eight (48) hours.
The Governor’s abusive broadcast which contained all kinds of derogatory vocabularies was aired for almost two weeks by the state owned media outfits, and the accomplished Benin citizens were gravely-traumatized by the Governor’s militant ultimatum to return the vehicles officially allocated to them by preceding Government.
As a pan Edo South consortium, we paid courtesy visits on the Elder statesmen to pacify them over dehumanizing action melted on them by the Governor; and throughout this scenario, the Otaru of Auchi was basking in the euphoria of festivity and celebrations that his Kinsman who they never supported and expected will triumph has be handed the reins of power.
We also observed that whole essence of the State’s tenement tax policy and demolition of residential and commercial buildings were targeted at Edo South people, hence we stood by our sons in the House of Assembly who were political assaulted and socially humiliated by the Governor for refusing to support the bill; and till date no single structure has been demolished in Etsako, the customary Dukedom of the Otaru of Auchi.
In the build up to the Local Government Council elections in 2012, Adams Oshiomhole who has attained a certificated-abusive character against Benin elders, and whose trademark has attained a notoriety, surprisingly took on his socio-economic benefactor – Chief Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion (The Esama of Benin) allegedly for not prevailing on his media outfit –Independent Television from airing a video clip wherein the Governor narrowly escaped lynching in Etsako for surreptitiously instigating rigging of the Council election.
He accused the most prominent chieftaincy title holder in Nigeria, (after Late MKO Abiola) of elderly rascality. He venomously dragged the septuagenarian to public odium and ridicule. We recalled with nostalgia that we paid a courtesy visit on the octogenarian to pacify him later addressed a press conference wherein we advised the Otaru of Auchi to call his kinsman to moral order before we mobilize ‘izigha-egbo’ to declare him a personae none granta in view of a clear tribal orchestra to undermine the Benins. Few weeks later, the Governor made a face-saving visit to the Esama of Benin’s birthday batch and apologized.
On the 6th of January 2015, apparently acting the script of his traditional ruler who has a stake in some Government properties around the Gold course, currently in possession of the University of Benin, Comrade Oshiomhole ordered bulldozers to demolish some of the residence despite legal restraining orders, in a manner reminiscent of a Hollywood movie.
Knowing fully well that it was the residence of Prof. Osayuki Godwin Oshodin – the immediate past Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin, and that the man was reading in his study, the former VC was almost killed by the ravaging bulldozer, in a desperate bid to molest the accomplished Benin academic, apparently because of envy and inferiority complex over Prof. Oshodin’s rumored Gubernatorial ambition.
Without a prior notice, the residence of one of Nigeria’s greatest Vice Chancellor was demolished, his life was endangered; his books and sacred documents were not spared; even the scavenging-Governor attested to Oshiodin’s achievements in November 2014 during the school’s convocation and award of degrees ceremony. What a world!!!!
On Wednesday 14th January, the Governor in his notorious style and language took on the Esama of Benin at the Edo South senatorial rally of the APC in the premises of our ancient reception ground – the Urhokpota Hall calling the octogenarian unprintable names including referring to him as ‘’a useless old man’’.
We consider this latest chain of assault on our accomplished citizens as a sacrilege because of the barrage of insults and the sanctity of Urhokpota that was desecrated by the seemingly irresponsible Governor.
As we go into the February election, one thing is clear “the Afemais sees the Benins as a conquered people, and the ungodly mandate of the Otaru of Auchi is being accomplished day by day by these serial attacks on our people”.
All the Governor’s cronies who are hoping to benefit from this HATE-GAME being unleashed on Edo South people by Oshiomhole should wait and see.
Elder Ogunrobo Festus Obaisiagbon – Chairman/Convener.
Edo State Council of Traditional Rulers.
All Benins in positions of authority in Nigeria
Benin associations at home and abroad.