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Oba Vs Edo Govt: Benin Traditional Council Gives Obaseki Conditions For Peace by BleedingPen: 8:57am On May 24
Following the offer of Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki to resolve the issue between His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolopkolo, Oba Ewuare II, the Oba of Benin, and some suspended Enigie (dukes), the Benin Traditional Council (BTC) has listed conditions for peace with the state government.

In a statement on Wednesday issued through their solicitors, Professors Yemi Akinseye-George, SAN and Edoba Omoregie, SAN, made available to METROWATCH, the BTC expressed openness to resolving the conflict amicably but laid out clear conditions for this to happen.

The council demanded, “Abolition of the new traditional councils in Edo South, restoration of the BTC’s statutory financial entitlements to the status quo before the creation of the new councils, including the refund of withheld funds.

“A commitment from the state government to refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of the Benin Traditional Institution, respecting the Benin Customary Law and the Oba’s disciplinary authority.

“Withdrawal of the letter revoking the concession of the Oba Akenzua II Cultural Centre and its restoration to a suitable condition for its original purpose.”



Backstory:
The ongoing dispute between the state government and Benin Royal Palace has deep roots, beginning with the contentious issue of ownership over ancient artefacts looted from the palace of the Oba of Benin during the 1897 Benin Massacre by British colonial forces.

In April 2023, the then President Muhammadu Buhari led federal government issued a gazette for the recognition of ownership and custody of the repatriated Benin artefacts to Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II.

But the issue over ownership lingers.


‘How isuses escalated’ — BTC
The Benin Traditional Council noted that tensions escalated when some local leaders, known as Enigie, proposed creating new traditional councils in Edo South in a letter to the state government dated November 20, 2022, a move that the BTC strongly opposed.

BTC, through the Iyase of Benin and other representatives of the Oba Palace, made numerous efforts to dissuade the state government from this plan, arguing that it would fragment the Benin Kingdom and undermine the authority of the Oba of Benin.

According to the Council, despite these efforts, the state government proceeded to establish new traditional councils across the seven local government areas in Edo South, prompting the BTC to challenge the decision in the State High Court.

The state government also withheld the statutory financial entitlements due to the Benin Traditional Counci.

The BTC counsels stated that the conflict took another turn when the state governor welcomed some Enigie, including those suspended for violating traditional norms, and intervened in legal proceedings against them.

They said that the state government further announced to the National Assembly that the creation of the new traditional councils was final. At the same time, two Enigies filed a joint lawsuit to contest their suspensions.

“Amid these tensions, the Edo State Government issued a notice to revoke the concession of the Oba Akenzua II Cultural Centre, which had been repurposed as a motor park since 2016, causing further frustration for the BTC,” the statement added.

The BTC emphasised that the Oba of Benin, as the father of all Benin people, is the sole custodian of their customs and traditions.

It rejected the state government’s characterisation of the dispute as a mere family affair within the Benin Royal Family.

“The conflicts between the BTC and the Edo State Government began with the bitter dispute over ownership of ancient artefacts looted from the Palace of the Oba of Benin during the Benin Massacre of 1897,” BTC insisted.

The Council also stressed the importance of non-interference in traditional matters, saying,: “Any matter that affects the customs and traditions of the Benin people, of which His Royal Majesty is the exclusive custodian, cannot be reduced to a family affair of the Benin Royal Family.”

https://metrowatchxtra.com/2024/05/23/suspended-enigie-benin-traditional-council-gives-obaseki-conditions-for-peace-metrowatch/

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Re: Oba Vs Edo Govt: Benin Traditional Council Gives Obaseki Conditions For Peace by BleedingPen: 8:57am On May 24
Thoughts?
Re: Oba Vs Edo Govt: Benin Traditional Council Gives Obaseki Conditions For Peace by muykem: 9:17am On May 24
Obaseki wants to dethrone Oba of Benni.

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Re: Oba Vs Edo Govt: Benin Traditional Council Gives Obaseki Conditions For Peace by Ahmed0336(m): 9:26am On May 24
I am yet to understand what is the root of all this infighting with Edo traditional institution and government trying to settle the matter.

Please can someone from Edo state kindly explain to me like a two year old child what all this is about?

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Re: Oba Vs Edo Govt: Benin Traditional Council Gives Obaseki Conditions For Peace by Akpakomiza2: 9:36am On May 24
arithletics:
Obaseki stop playing with traditional institution, you'll get your fingers burnt.

It is already burnt,the damage is done.he who the gods want to destroy,they first make him mad and goad him to challenge his chi.his only faint hope of third term was from Benin but with this,he will lose massively.cc southsouthking,nzogbunzogbu, ekpenuwa

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Re: Oba Vs Edo Govt: Benin Traditional Council Gives Obaseki Conditions For Peace by Ekpenuwa(m): 9:54am On May 24
Akpakomiza2:


It is already burnt,the damage is done.he who the gods want to destroy,they first make him mad and goad him to challenge his chi.his only faint hope of third term was from Benin but with this,he will lose massively.cc southsouthking,nzogbunzogbu, ekpenuwa


Lol. 😆😆😆 Senior man u too funny
That's politics for you and beside this is also a propaganda I think so there's no conflict between THE BENIN TRADITIONAL COUNCIL AND THE STATE GOVERNMENT
keep it in mind.....

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Re: Oba Vs Edo Govt: Benin Traditional Council Gives Obaseki Conditions For Peace by ChizzyBuna(m): 10:44am On May 24
Ok
Re: Oba Vs Edo Govt: Benin Traditional Council Gives Obaseki Conditions For Peace by malali: 10:46am On May 24
EDO NO BE LAGOS

EDO NO BE KANO

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Re: Oba Vs Edo Govt: Benin Traditional Council Gives Obaseki Conditions For Peace by lexy2014: 10:47am On May 24
Ahmed0336:
I am yet to understand what is the root of all this infighting with Edo traditional institution and government trying to settle the matter.

Please can someone from Edo state kindly explain to me like a two year old child what all this is about?

but it is clearly stated in the article

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Re: Oba Vs Edo Govt: Benin Traditional Council Gives Obaseki Conditions For Peace by able20(m): 10:48am On May 24
arithletics:
Obaseki stop playing with traditional institution, you'll get your fingers burnt.
Finger burnt like how? Obaseki is the Executive governor of Edo state for now.

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Re: Oba Vs Edo Govt: Benin Traditional Council Gives Obaseki Conditions For Peace by MaziObinnaokija: 10:56am On May 24
sad Obaseki is a complete LUNATIC PRO MAX.

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Re: Oba Vs Edo Govt: Benin Traditional Council Gives Obaseki Conditions For Peace by fuckingAyaya(m): 10:57am On May 24
The same way his grandfather betrayed the then Oba of Benin because he wanted to ascend the throne. The obaseki's are known traitors and betrayals in Benin kingdom.

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Re: Oba Vs Edo Govt: Benin Traditional Council Gives Obaseki Conditions For Peace by DaveHarry(m): 10:58am On May 24
this is a state that still have an independent and still powerful traditional system. the governor cannot sack the oba

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Re: Oba Vs Edo Govt: Benin Traditional Council Gives Obaseki Conditions For Peace by tishbite42: 10:58am On May 24
Wahala
Re: Oba Vs Edo Govt: Benin Traditional Council Gives Obaseki Conditions For Peace by kedeojo(m): 11:00am On May 24
muykem:
Obaseki wants to dethrone Oba of Benni.
He can't in our state, by September his Candidate will lose. No one fight the great king and succeed. Obaseki has given Apc victory already. He has been having issues with Pdp and now Palace. He was a mistake as a governor we made, expecially 2020.

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Re: Oba Vs Edo Govt: Benin Traditional Council Gives Obaseki Conditions For Peace by gbengene1234(m): 11:03am On May 24
Obaseki did not deem it fit to restore peace all this while until election period. Even if he adhere to all the demands of the Royal Palace. I don't think Benin's will forgive him. He is bound to lose this coming election.

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Re: Oba Vs Edo Govt: Benin Traditional Council Gives Obaseki Conditions For Peace by Fiscus105(m): 11:04am On May 24
I like this type of disputes in Edo......at least,this would enlighten the mass ignorant in Benin that usually mistaken Oba of a Benin, a mere mortal to gods.

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Re: Oba Vs Edo Govt: Benin Traditional Council Gives Obaseki Conditions For Peace by Antoeni(m): 11:05am On May 24
What is Oba Feeling Like, He Should Know After God Na Government, I Am Sure The Oba is Aware of What is Happening in Kano Now ,

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Re: Oba Vs Edo Govt: Benin Traditional Council Gives Obaseki Conditions For Peace by Moroccoguy: 11:06am On May 24
Their wahala.
Re: Oba Vs Edo Govt: Benin Traditional Council Gives Obaseki Conditions For Peace by Antoeni(m): 11:07am On May 24
The Oba Feels He Have Mouth Because of Edo Election

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Re: Oba Vs Edo Govt: Benin Traditional Council Gives Obaseki Conditions For Peace by emkz: 11:10am On May 24
My reading is that Obaseki acceded to the request of some Enigies to balkanize the Benin Kingdom despite opposition from the palace. The same Obaseki now tries to use the palace for cheap political gains as did Olumide Akpata by requesting to resolve a crisis between the Enigies and BTC.

Obaseki was trying to be manipulative. Did he not realize the crisis had been there since?

Good thing the palace censured him. Politicians must not use our traditional institutions for politics.

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Re: Oba Vs Edo Govt: Benin Traditional Council Gives Obaseki Conditions For Peace by AcadaWriter: 11:14am On May 24
Obaseki wants to dethrone Oba of Benni.
Re: Oba Vs Edo Govt: Benin Traditional Council Gives Obaseki Conditions For Peace by zoedew: 11:15am On May 24
Except it was made pursuant to an order of the court presiding over the matter this would appear to be unprofessional communication coming from BTC Solicitors and contemptuous of the court ex facie curiae.

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Re: Oba Vs Edo Govt: Benin Traditional Council Gives Obaseki Conditions For Peace by onajo2000(m): 11:17am On May 24
Most people know nothing about bini king... He can't be removed by the governor like hausa emirs
Re: Oba Vs Edo Govt: Benin Traditional Council Gives Obaseki Conditions For Peace by gigabyte13: 11:21am On May 24
The moment government chunk mouth for traditional matters....
Dem go spoil everything...
Shey Obaseki wan chop Benin artefacts ni
Something wey don dey long before Dem even born am.
Small power like dis, Dem go wan flex muscle with tradition.
All these traditional leaders know their levels and respect each other.
But some egghead, political hallelujah boys
Just wan create problems wey no dey before
Dem go come politicize everything
Scatter the age long status quo.
Like Kano
Like Benin

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Re: Oba Vs Edo Govt: Benin Traditional Council Gives Obaseki Conditions For Peace by zoedew: 11:23am On May 24
onajo2000:
Most people know nothing about bini king... He can't be removed by the governor like hausa emirs
The British removed a Bini King before. It is in the interest of the BTC to cultivate and maintain an atmosphere of mutual respect with the EDSG.

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Re: Oba Vs Edo Govt: Benin Traditional Council Gives Obaseki Conditions For Peace by Jostoman: 11:23am On May 24
They should settle the matter Amicably.
Re: Oba Vs Edo Govt: Benin Traditional Council Gives Obaseki Conditions For Peace by achimendy(m): 11:24am On May 24
arithletics:


Obaseki is trying to steal the returned artifacts knowing fully well it belongs to the royal house, he wants to steal it under the claim that it belongs to the federal/State government and not the royal house, then he will use his own private company to manage it on behalf of government in perpetuity.

As the oba did not agree, he now went to divide the Oba territory by creating parallel traditional councils across all the local governments under the Oba.

Will he be governor forever? Give a man power he loses his mind



Obaseki should be careful b4 the gods visit him in a way he will not like.

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Re: Oba Vs Edo Govt: Benin Traditional Council Gives Obaseki Conditions For Peace by ogbonti: 11:25am On May 24
emkz:
My reading is that Obaseki acceded to the request of some Enigies to balkanize the Benin Kingdom despite opposition from the palace. The same Obaseki now tries to use the palace for cheap political gains as did Olumide Akpata.l by requesting to resolve a crisis between the Enigies and BTC.

Obaseki was trying to be manipulative. Did he not realize the crisis had been there since?

Good thing the palace censured him. Politicians must not use our traditional institutions for politics.


you know nothing about the Benin Kingdom - so shorrop your mouth - the question you should be asking is - WHY IS THE UNCLE OF THE OBA OF BENIN (the immediate younger brother to the Late OBA EREDIAUWA) PROF. PRINCE GODFREY AKENZUA taking the OBA / EDO STATE GOVERNMENT TO COURT -- please do your due diligence before talking like a beer parlor analyst on nairaland

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Re: Oba Vs Edo Govt: Benin Traditional Council Gives Obaseki Conditions For Peace by Zetty177x: 11:26am On May 24
Wetin person nor go hear for internet age?

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