- Some youths in Edo state staged a protest over alleged plan to create a new kingdom out of Benin
- This is in response to a letter to the presidency for a new kingdom
- The youths said they would not allow the division of the Benin kingdom
In an attempt to possibly prevent a repeat of what occurred in Kano state with the creation of more emirates, youths in Edo state staged a protest against alleged plan to create a new kingdom of Benin.
Guardian reports that the protest may not be unconnected with a letter sent to the presidency by some persons asking for a separate kingdom out of Benin.
The proposed name of the kingdom is Utantan and will be presided over by an Ogiamien in the person of Chief Arisco Osemwengie.
The youths, under the aegis of Benin National Congress (BNC), insisted on one Benin kingdom with the Oba as the ruler.
They described the alleged plan “as sacrilegious, prodigal and attempt to dare the power and sanctity of the throne, the monarch and the people."
Osemwengie when contacted declined comment on the matter. He said: “That is a matter that is before the Supreme Court and I don’t like commenting on an issue that is before the Supreme Court, so I cannot comment on it."
President of BNC, Ayamenkhue Edokpolor, led the protesters to the Government House in Benin City where they were received by the deputy governor, Philip Shaibu.
He said: “The Ogiamien family led by Pa Samuel Ogiamien had duly and publicly disowned the said Arisco Osemwegie since 2015 as an impostor trying to impersonate or criminally take the place of the chieftaincy title of Ogiamien, whose current holder is Chief Osarobo Okunoghae and who has been absent from Benin for several years but has not been declared missing or dead by relevant authorities.”
Responding to the protesters, Shaibu said: “There are two kingdoms in the world; Benin Kingdom and United Kingdom, and anybody that wants to try to reduce the image and ancestral history that we have in this kingdom is just daring what a human being cannot dare.”
Meanwhile, the controversy surrounding the creation of four new emirates in Knao state is yet to die down.
Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima, supported his Kano state counterpart, Ganduje, for his approval of four more emirates in Kano, saying "what is so special about the Emir for God’s sake?”
Shettima disclosed this when the House of Representatives Committee on the Army paid him a visit at the Borno government house as part of their oversight functions
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