Abuja – Former President of the Senate, David Mark on Saturday expressed sadness over the death of the traditional ruler of Benin Kingdom, Omo n’ oba n’ Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Erediauwa.
In a statement signed by Paul Mumeh, the Media Assistant to Mark, the senator described the late Oba as “a true African leader whose demise is a monumental loss to the nation’’.
He noted that the respected Benin monarch was a leader who distinguished himself in many aspects, especially in the preservation of African culture and tradition.
Mark stated that Oba Erediauwa’s reign was a unique era in the contemporary history of Nigeria, adding that it was characterised by peace, unity and progress in the kingdom.
“Nobody can deny the fact that Oba Erediauwa was a true African leader who placed high priority on the protection and welfare of his people at all times.
“He made the ancient city of Benin the centre of attraction and indeed accommodated both indigenes and foreigners alike.
“The harmonious and peaceful coexistence between and among different tribes and religions in Edo state during Oba Erediauwa’s reign is to his credit.
“He was a great king who upheld the sanctity of the truth, no matter the circumstances and ensured that there was fairness and equity to all.
“His strongest weapon was the truth and he deployed it effectively in the administration of the Benin kingdom,” he said.
Mark noted that the late Oba had left a huge vacuum and prayed for God’s wisdom for the next Crown Prince and the Benin Traditional council to fill the vacuum effectively.
He urged the Benin Kingdom to uphold the great virtues which the Oba had exhibited.
He stressed the need for the Government of Edo to immortalise the late monarch. (NAN)