Anxiety over Oba of Benin….Nation

Oba of Benin

The Benin Traditional Council (BTC) last night dismissed rumored death of the Benin Monarch, Oba Erediauwa, the Oba of Benin.

The rumored death of the revered monarch went viral on the internet yesterday.

Secretary to the BTC, Frank Irabor, told newsmen that the rumoured death of the Benin monarch has been rife for the past few months and lacked substance.

Irabor explained that the BTC would issue a formal statement if such a development did occur, noting that the rumour started because of the inability of President Jonathan to see the monarch when he visited the palace during a campaign rally in the ancient city.

According to him, “If there is anything like that, there is usually a statement from the palace or from the Benin Traditional Council.

“The fact that he has not been coming out, even when the President came last week does not mean that there is anything like that‎.”

Checks show that there are traditional ways of announcing the passing of a Benin King and it is usually done by the Esogban of Benin Kingdom.