Outrage over plan to turban Sultan of Shuwa Arab of Edo

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Plans by some Shuwa Arabs, an ethnic group Borno, to crown Idris Adanno as the Sultan of Shuwa Arab of Edo State, has been received with outrage across the state.

According to an invite circulating online, the coronation ceremony is slated to hold on Saturday, 21 August, 2021, at Rialto Hotel, Eyaen, a suburb of Benin City. The hotel is owned by a Duke in Benin Kingdom, Osazuwa Iduriase.

However, Iduriase has distanced himself the event.

Prominent Benin youths who reacted on Facebook condemned the planned coronation of a sultan within the Kingdom. But unknown to many in the state, the Shehu of Borno on 4th of August had turbaned Adam Harun and given him the same title.

In his reaction, President of Benin Solidarity Movement, Curtis Eghosa Ugbo, said Benin indigenes will resist what he described as “evil act” by persons who are bent on fomenting trouble.

“This will never happen in Benin Kingdom; we are Benin,” Ugbo said.

The Coordinator-General of Great Benin Descendants, Imasuen Izoduwa, said the organisation would meet and lock up the hotel venue of the coronation for allowing “such nonsense” in the land.

“We will meet later today so we can lock up hotel by tomorrow or next for allowing such nonsense in our land. Enough is enough, I will longer any of this in our Kingdom,” he said.

Amos Ehinomen Uagbor said: “Is this obtainable elsewhere ? We should now have oba and sultan in Edo State ? In fact, the venue should be sealed.”

Efforts to reach mobile phone numbers on the invitation card for a reaction failed, as calls made to them did not connect.