- A viral video wherein insults were hurled on President Buhari and Oshiomhole was not authorised by the Oba of Benin as alleged
- Benin Traditional Council issued the disclaimer in a statement by its scribe, Frank Irabor
- The traditional council demanded an unreserved apology from the author of the video to avert the consequences
The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has dissociated himself from a video circulating on social media wherein insults were hurled on the personalities of President Muhammadu Buhari, Adams Oshiomhole and Captain Hosa Okunbor.
The video was reportedly anchored by one Eranomigho Edegbe who claimed he has the authority of the monarch to hurl insults on President Buhari and others.
However, in his reaction, the monarch denied commissioning anyone to insult the president and others mentioned in the video, Daily Trust reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the monarch in a statement signed by the secretary of Benin Traditional Council, Frank Irabor, said the video was the handiwork of mischief-makers.
The statement read partly: “We condemned in strong terms the malicious attacks on the integrity of President Buhari and other persons whom the video seek to malign.
“For the purpose of clarification and to set the record straight, Oba of Benin wish to make it categorically and irrevocably clear that the said video and contents therein was not commissioned nor was it encouraged by the Oba."
The statement further noted that Oshiomole and Okunbor who have been adopted by the palace of the Oba have not only respected the culture and traditions of the land but meaningfully contributed to the wellbeing of the state.
The traditional council demanded an unreserved apology from Eranomigho to avert the consequences.
It also warned that there is an ancestral curse on anyone who attempted to tarnish the image of Benin and the ancient throne of the Benin kingdom.
Meanwhile, amid growing political tension in Edo state, the Benin monarch has finally reacted to the developments in the state.
Oba Ewuare II, according to a statement issued by the Benin place on Thursday, June 18, said he is opposed to imposition (consensus candidate) and godfatherism in the state.
Legit.ng gathered that the statement, signed by Irabor, said there was no truth in social media speculations that the royal father had prevailed on some governorship aspirants to step down for one of the aspirants in the upcoming shadow poll of a certain political party.