ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – Former Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar has expressed sadness over the passing away of Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa of Benin.
According to a statement sent to Sundiata Post by his media office in Abuja on Friday, Atiku said the late Oba Erediauwa was a role model, an exceptional leader not only of his Benin people but a leading light in the committee of traditional rulers in the country.
The former Vice President in a statement noted that the late Benin monarch radiated royalty, majesty, wisdom, intelligence and nationalism even as he spared no effort in protecting the traditions and values of his people.
He, however, noted that the passing on of the monarch came at a critical time when the country was facing numerous challenges of nation-building and would miss his wise counsel sorely.
Atiku called on the people of Benin kingdom, the people and Government of Edo State and all Nigerians to take heart at the passing on of this illustrious royal personage, adding that with the remarkable life he lived, the place of the Oba in Benin and Nigeria history is assured.
The former Vice President also extended his condolences to the Benin royal family and called on all its members to take heart and honour the memory of the late Oba by working for peace, which was a cardinal pursuit of the monarch during his lifetime.